If you have chronic pain you may have been referred to as a Spoonie at least once in your life. Basically a Spoonie can be defined as someone who is living with a chronic illness or an illness that affects his or her everyday life. The term stems from Christine Miserandino’s spoon theory. The spoon theory is generally used to reference the lack of energy and pain tolerance needed for everyday activities. This theory was created due to the lack of understanding between chronically ill and able-bodied people. Any form of chronic illness lessens a person’s ability to function and makes daily activates more challenging. Each day brings new pain levels, so since spoons represent energy one day a chronic illness sufferer may wake up with more spoons than on another day. Those who are healthy do not need to worry about running out of spoons because they have an endless supply. On the other hand, Spoonies have to carefully plan out their day according to how many spoons they have to ensure that they don’t run out. Spoons are a metaphor for energy levels, so for example if a chronic illness sufferer says “I don’t have enough spoons today for that” in this example the speaker is using the spoon theory to express their lack of energy and high pain levels on that given day. Once a spoon is lost it requires rest to bring back or recharge the spoon. These chronic illnesses or disabilities can be visible or invisible, being a Spoonie all depends on the effect the issue has on ones life. Not all illnesses relating to the spoon theory have to be physical. The spoon theory also relates to a person who is living with a severe mental illness such as Depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Spoons are generally measured out on simple life tasks such as getting dressed or going grocery shopping. The amount of spoons a person has differs each day. Overall, the spoon theory is a great way to communicate the struggles of chronic illness as well as assist a Spoonies day planning!