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The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino


I just read this article by by Christine Miserandino called The Spoon Theory. – See more at:

She describes how and when she came up with this way of communicating to others, what having an invisible illness is like.

Christina has Lupus, which causes a lot of fatigue and pain. It is not something that people can see, but it is very real. She used this spoon theory to allow someone to experience a day of having to make choices, based on a limited amount of energy and ability to do things.

I really love the way she explained this and this article is worth reading, if you struggle with people not understanding your inability to keep up with everyone else, due to an invisible illness.

Invisible illness can be a chronic pain disorder or disease, or it can be a mental / emotional illness , or a neurological…

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5 thoughts on “The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino”

    1. It was a good idea the person had to explain things in term of having only so many spoons of energy to use per day. Some days we might have more and some days we have less . It is the only way to get through and other people just have to get over it.
      Thank you for taking the time to connect.

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  1. I have been a spoonie myself since 1996. It’s so frustrating that others don’t believe you when you don’t show signs of an illness. It still amazes me how so many people know so little about lupus, yet it is becoming as common as cancer.


    1. Yes and it is a good way to attempt to communicate with other people who try to make you do too much. There are some people who won’t care but others who do care and can understand this explanation.


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