Day 152 – A Spoon By Any Other Name…

Art Apple - Day One Hundred Fifty Two

What matters is what something is, not what it is called.

I used to call them tokens – they are now affectionately called spoons because of the wonderful “Spoon Theory” of Christine Miserandino. As people living with chronic illness we have come to understand that we have just so much energy we can expend which we all refer to as tokens or spoons. Some days we have pleanty, some days almost none. And the big issue with this symptom of our disease is the extreme difficulty we have in explaining this to family and friends. Spoons and the spoon theory have become a very  important way to share what we deal with on a daily basis especially where our energy levels are concerned. The spoon has become a symbol of solidarity for people suffering with CFS/ME, lupus, Fibromyalgia and many other chronic illnesses.

My friend Felicia who created the website does an amazing job talking about her life with Fibromyalgia and sharing important information about the disease. Since so many people with AS also have Fibromyalgia, or wonder if they can have both, we thought it was an important enough topic to discuss together. Please visit Felicia’s site where she expands on this topic in an in depth manner and looks at the connections between various autoimmune diseases – and specifically AS – and Fibromyalgia.  I’m a spoonie – what about you?

Until tomorrow.


Day 152 was created in conjunction with – in watercolor. Take a close look – you’ll see butterflies, a FF monogram, awareness ribbons, and yes – a blue AS apple!

6 Replies to “Day 152 – A Spoon By Any Other Name…”

  1. Beautiful spoon, Jenna! My mom and I just uncovered a spoon that belonged to my grandmother. The date (1911) is engraved on the back. It’s 100-years-old this year & still in great shape. Now, that’s longevity!

    Love & Apples!
    Jenna 🙂

  2. I love the spoon!!! It’s beautiful and represents so many.

    Do you have a blog button I can post on my blog?

    All of the art is gorgeous!


    1. Thanks Pam!
      It was Felicia’s idea – she asked if I could create a spoon and then I pondered and pondered it. It’s one thing to create for my project but another thing all together to create something specific for someone else and I really wanted to “get it right” and finally it came to me! I am working on a blog button since I’ve had some requests – I’ll let you know as soon as I have it ready – thank you so much for the kind words and support!


    1. Thanks Jenna!
      We’re a tough and powerful crowd – always looking for healing in whatever form works best for each of us!

      Love & Apples back at ya!


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