The Spoon Theory was written by Christine Miserandino, the creator of But You Don’t Look Sick – a web community for those affected by chronic illness.
The Spoon Theory stemmed from a conversation between Christine and a close friend when her friend asked her what is was like to have Lupus. Christine grabbed a handful of spoons and started by explaining how each person has a number of spoons each day, and that each task (ie. showering, shaving, cooking, etc.) used up a spoon. It is a very eye-opening story and has really helped people to understand what chronic illness is like. People dealing with all kinds and types of chronic illness have used this story to help loved ones gain understanding, not just those with Lupus. Here is a video made by a fellow “Spoonie,” a nickname given to members of But You Don’t Look Sick explaining The Spoon Theory.

Read the full version of The Spoon Theory.