What is a Spoonie?

Georgina looking like she's having fun in front of the camera (whilst trying to film a serious YouTube video!).

A “spoonie” is simply a term for someone who has a chronic illness. Even if they look healthy, they are still a spoonie if they have a chronic illness. It goes like this: you have a certain number of “spoons” for the day and everything you do uses at least one spoon; for example, getting in the shower may take one spoon, but then add another if you wash your hair and one more if you can do it all without help.

A spoonie may look like this:

Georgina looking like she's having fun in front of the camera (whilst trying to film a serious YouTube video!).

But they may also look like this:

Georgina in hospital with a feeding tube.

The number of spoons a spoonie has each day varies depending on their energy levels. Most people start each day with an unlimited number of things they could do that day. However, a person with a chronic illness only has a finite number of spoons. It may be a large number of spoons which lets them carry on as they did when they were healthy, but it may be a very small number meaning they would have to stay in bed all day.

The spoon theory was created by Christine Miserandino. Please read her post to find out more.

Are You a Spoonie?

Do you have a chronic illness? If you answered yes, then congratulations, you’re a spoonie! It doesn’t matter what type of chronic illness you have. If you have one at all, then you’re a spoonie too.

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Georgina E Banks

full-time chronic illness manager | EDS + FND + too many others to list | chronically complicated musician | space enthusiast ♡