What Is a ‘Spoonie’?


If you’re active on the Internet, particularly in groups and forums regarding chronic illness, you’ve definitely noticed the term “spoonie” being thrown around.

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Spoonie is a term coined by a chronic illness blogger, who used spoons to demonstrate how much energy a person with a chronic illness has each day, and how much is used up doing simple tasks like washing or getting dressed.

As this video by Hot Pink Sun explains, the symbolism stuck and spoonie is now a widely used term for anyone who has a chronic illness,

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One comment

  1. Angela Elliott says:

    Hi thank you for explaining about the spoonies I don’t counted as spoonies I counter as the glass of water and slowly it empties out and once the glass is empty that’s me done for the day I suppose it’s the same sort of thing but I see it more as a glass of water if you’ve not got much energy it starts off with half a glass if you’ve got a lot of energy it’s a full glass if you’ve got no energy it’s an inch and thank you for explaining it I didn’t know that myself and I have lupus

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