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Using Spoon Theory to Explain Chronic Illness

2018-08-02
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Using the Spoon Theory to Explain Chronic Illness

 

One of the most frustrating things about living with a chronic illness is the struggle to get able-bodied people to understand the extent of your pain. That very problem was what prompted lupus patient Christine Miserandino to concoct the Spoon Theory to help explain chronic illness, which is a striking metaphor that has since been adopted globally as the most vivid interpretation of life with chronic illness.

What Does The Spoon Theory Infographic Say?

Our Spoon Theory infographic details what the Spoon Theory actually is, which chronic illnesses the Spoon Theory can be applied to, how the ‘spoons’ are used during the day, some advice for ‘spoonies’ and the Spoon Theory from ‘spoonies” perspectives. You can find out more about using the Spoon Theory to help explain your chronic illness in our infographic below.

Using Spoon Theory to Explain Chronic Illness Infographic

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  1. Kim Matthews

    I appreciate that you can’t put every relevant chronic illness on the list but I’m really surprised (and a bit disappointed) not to see ME there.

    Whilst it is a spectrum illness the Spoon Theory applies for even those at the milder end of the spectrum.

    If you haven’t seen the film Unrest by Jennifer Brea, I’d recommend watching it. The stats mentioned in the film highlights the prevalence of ME as being significantly higher than MS (for example) yet with abysmally small amounts of research funding in comparison.

    Sufferers across the world are already struggling to get diagnosis and recognition for their illness, even from the medical profession. Of all the spoonie illnesses to miss off your infographic, this seems like a massive oversight.

    #CanyouseeMEnow

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