The Spoon Theory Gave People the Wrong Idea About My Illness

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By Jennie Smales in The Mighty.

Many people with disabilities that affect energy levels have adopted the Spoon Theory as their mantra. Indeed, when I first read it, the words struck a chord with me — so much so that I posted them on social media and asked friends and family to take a look. I wanted them to better understand me. That may have been a mistake. You see, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Spoon Theory doesn’t fit my life. 

Firstly, for those not in the know, I shall give a brief description. The Spoon Theory is a concept written by Christine Miserandino whereby energy is equated to spoons. Basically, as a chronically ill person I would have a finite amount of spoons per day. Each activity I do would remove some spoons until eventually I had none left. The point of it is that we don’t have endless reserves of energy/spoons. 

This is very, very true. In basic terms, the Spoon Theory is an excellent way of describing life with a chronic condition. However, I find I just can’t embrace it. 

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