A drawer with full sections of knives and forks but an empty spoon section.

Examples of How I Use My Daily Spoons

Have you heard of the spoon theory? It started when Christine Miserandino was trying to explain to a friend what it’s like to live with lupus on a daily basis. She shared the story, "The Spoon Theory," on her blog.1 People with chronic illnesses found the idea relatable, and it became a useful and iconic tool when explaining their diseases to others.

For this video, I got out many of my kitchen spoons and created a visual scenario of what they allow me to do. This includes things like getting dressed, making meals, doing chores, exercising, and driving. Then, I removed some of the spoons to show how my day changes if I have to deal with lupus fatigue, joint pain, or a more severe flare.

What requires the most spoons in your daily life? What is the last thing you’re willing to give up when you start running out of spoons?

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