Starting this blog and finding more people with illnesses like mine (and just chronic illnesses in general) is already teaching me more than I thought it would this early on. I’ve started an Instagram account (@theheadacheheroine if you feel like takin a gander) and I’ve stumbled upon hundreds of other accounts that show how people are living with chronic pain. But many of these accounts, and accounts similar to them, have the word spoonie in either their handle, bio, or hashtags. I had no idea what it meant, so I overlooked it and kept on scrolling. But the more I saw it, the more my curiosity got the best of me. So I turned to my nearest and dearest friend for answers: Google.
Spoonie is a term that refers to people who live with a chronic illness and identify with Christine Miserandino’s “spoon theory.” To break it down, a spoonie is someone who lives with a chronic illness and theoretically measures personal daily abilities and successes as one might measure the right amount of spoons needed for an event/occasion. Sometimes we have more spoons than we needed, and sometimes we just come up short.
I really identify with this because as a person living with chronic daily headaches, there are some days where I feel better than I expected to and am very productive and truly enjoy my activity-filled day. However, I face many days where I find getting out of bed, doing laundry, running errands, etc to be huge accomplishments.
I think that many people can identify as a “spoonie.” It’s a goofy term, but it’s so relatable. We all have our battles that some days seem to disappear and allow us to live exciting, enjoyable lives while other days cause us to feel like we’re simply coming up short compared to our peers.
When you’re a spoonie though, little victories are what it’s all about!