The Spoon Theory is undoubtedly the best explanation of chronic illness that I have come across. Christine Miserandino writes about her personal experience dealing with her own chronic conditions in a way that makes sense to healthy people.
Now, I’m not saying that healthy people are not intelligent. I’m saying that quite frankly, until you have experienced chronic pain, you have no idea what the hell it entails.
I was recommended this article by a co-worker struggling with her own medical ailments, and now I can’t stop sharing it with others. My healthy family and friends finally are able to understand what I mean when I say I just don’t have the energy to do something or go somewhere. I just don’t have enough spoons left.
For anyone, healthy or sick, that wants to be able to understand or explain better what chronic illness is like, please take a few minutes to read her article – I guarantee it’s worth it.