Saturday, November 5, 2022

Are You a Spoonie?

I think I left all my "spoons" in Toronto. 

In a previous post I mentioned that I was heading to Toronto for the Health eMatters conference. It is an inspiring and educational 3 days meeting with other cancer advocates and learning new ways to make our voices heard online.

Since my diagnosis fatigue is something I have struggled with on a daily basis. I have to choose how I’m going to use my energy (spoons) and know that there will be times that I will have to push myself to do things that are important to me, being fully aware that I will have to deal with the recovery process later.

I’ve been home for a week and haven’t had the energy to do much of anything. I did manage to go get some groceries on Tuesday and then did have a bit of energy Thursday to do up 2 gift baskets (2 more to get done) we are donating for an upcoming charity event. Besides that I haven’t done much more than sleep, read some inspiring books and watch tv.

I’ve also been having a lot of nausea and trouble sleeping which is something else I deal with on a regular basis and doesn’t help with the recovery process.

I’m still quite exhausted and this time around recovery seems to be taking a bit longer to get my spoons back!

If you haven’t heard of the SPOON THEORY it is an amazing way to explain how some people with illnesses need to consciously think about how they are using their limited amount of energy.