Spoonie Life

So I have talked about my fight with fibromyalgia in a lot of my posts but for those who are not familiar with the term “spoonie” let me break it down for you…


Spoonie; A person living with chronic illness, that identifies with Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory.

Spoonies are people that live with chronic illness; theoretically measuring personal daily abilities much as one would measure the proper amount of spoons needed for an event or occasion… sometimes having an abundance, other times coming up short.


  • extreme fatigue
  • malaise
  • “fibro fog”
  • pain, everywhere, no exaggeration!
  • IBS
  • vitamin deficiency
  • trouble ambulating
  • depression
  • muscle aches/spasms
  • migraines
  • vision problems
  • menstrual problems
  • TMJ
  • Anxiety
  • mood swings

The list goes on and on…….

Common phrases Spoonie’s always hear:

“But you don’t look sick”

“Yoga solves everything” <- that one’s a personal favorite

“Everything happens for a reason”

“Oh just take a nap and you’ll be fine”

“You need to exercise”

“Your probably just depressed, you’ll get over it”

“Your not really sick”

“Can’t you just suck it up and keep going?”

And I’m sure there are many more. I bet alot of spoonies have some personal favorites. Please feel free to comment your favorite spoonie phrase’s down below!

It can be hard for those who are not sick to understand our chronic illness. We have to fight against out bodies everyday let alone face the challenges life throws at us. If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic illness please be patient and kind. We are trying to navigate these rough waters as best as we can. Be kind, it doesn’t cost anything, but it’s worth is priceless.

Please feel free to google more on spoon theory and chronic illness. I have also listed some websites below that I found helpful when first diagnosed with fibromyalgia:

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