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Spoon Theory Pink Necklace

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It can be very difficult to explain what it's like to live with a chronic illness. Christine Miserandino of http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/ was asked to explain it at lunch with a friend one day and Spoon Theory was born.


"I quickly grabbed every spoon on the table; hell I grabbed spoons off of the other tables. I looked at her in the eyes and said “Here you go, you have Lupus”. She looked at me slightly confused, as anyone would when they are being handed a bouquet of spoons. The cold metal spoons clanked in my hands, as I grouped them together and shoved them into her hands.
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I asked her to count her spoons. She asked why, and I explained that when you are healthy you expect to have a never-ending supply of “spoons”. But when you have to now plan your day, you need to know exactly how many “spoons” you are starting with. It doesn't guarantee that you might not lose some along the way, but at least it helps to know where you are starting. She counted out 12 spoons... I asked her to list off the tasks of her day, including the most simple. As, she rattled off daily chores, or just fun things to do; I explained how each one would cost her a spoon. When she jumped right into getting ready for work as her first task of the morning, I cut her off and took away a spoon. I practically jumped down her throat. I said ” No! You don’t just get up. You have to crack open your eyes, and then realize you are late. You didn't sleep well the night before. You have to crawl out of bed, and then you have to make your self something to eat before you can do anything else, because if you don’t, you can’t take your medicine, and if you don’t take your medicine you might as well give up all your spoons for today and tomorrow too.” I quickly took away a spoon and she realized she hasn't even gotten dressed yet. Showering cost her spoon, just for washing her hair and shaving her legs..."

Because of the author of the metaphor talking about lupus the "spoons" terminology is perhaps most often used by people with invisible fatigue and/or pain disorders, but it is also used by people with other types of disability including mental illness.

As someone living with a chronic illness, this spoke to me. Now I've started creating these necklaces for others who need all the spoons they can get.

May you always have an extra spoon.

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Spoon Theory Pink Necklace

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