For those of you who, like me, are battling what society views as an 'invisible illness,' you know how hard-emotionally, mentally, and physically-it can be to just wake up day after day; you're tired, in pain, depressed, and so many other things.
But you still do it regardless.
Then, as if that wasn't enough to deal with, you have to deal with the people that just don't understand.
"Well, WHY can't you hang out today?"
"You can't be THAT tired; you didn't really do anything!"
"You just need to get out more. That'll fix you right up."
How do you explain to those type of people what you go through on a day to day basis? The sacrifices you make because you're too tired or in pain to brush your teeth or take a shower, let alone venture into the outside world?
Thanks to Christine Miserandino of ButYouDontLookSick.com, those of us who have trouble explaining these things now have a secret weapon-The Spoon Theory.
**I recommend for this post to make sense you read through Christine's The Spoon Theory post**
I love The Spoon Theory and the story behind it. Recently, I used it to explain to my boyfriend a little about how I live my life and the decisions I have to make on a daily basis. He picked it up quite quickly, too! Now when I'm not feeling good or having to make a tough decision, he'll ask, "How many spoons do you have left?"
As you all know I spent a few days over at his house at the beginning of the week; I was unfortunately not doing good at all. One night he saw how much pain I was in and told me he would be right back. He came back, grabbed a sharpie from his dresser top and turned his back to me. I could tell he was writing something, but I had no idea what! He told me to close my eyes and hold out my hand; I felt him lower something into my open palm and when he told me to open my eyes, this is what I found:
Note that the clear tape was added after the fact; I didn't want that wonderful writing to wipe away!
Just one more reason to add to the ever growing list why I'm madly, head-over-heels in love with my boyfriend ^.^