Hi Everyone! Thank you for stopping by today for Erica's My Cricut Craft Room Cancer Support and Survivors blog hop. I'm honored and excited to be participating in this hop and while I gratefully have not experienced cancer first or really even second hand, I felt that I had an interesting and relevant story to share that speaks to cancer patients and anyone who is dealing with a long term chronic illness.
Today's project is about Spoons. Yes, spoons. And I'm sure you are already thinking what on EARTH do SPOONS have anything to do with Cancer? Well, nothing really, and everything all at the same time.
First, I would like to share my card. It was made using DCWV and Recollections papers, and just the spoons from the knife-fork-spoon set in the Disney Dreams Come True cartridge (supplied to me by the fabulous Charlotte Cornett). The pink photo corners are from Heritage. The sentiment inside says "Wishing you a day filled with spoons!"
Ok so... spoons? Whats the deal? Read on to find out. : )
Shortly after the birth of my son, I was stricken with severe joint pain that was so bad and throughout my entire body and got worse by the day. It got the the point where getting out of bed was a significant accomplishment and it would take me 15 minutes + just to gently walk down the stairs. I couldn't care for my newborn, I couldn't care for myself, and worse, no one knew what was wrong with me. It took some time, but eventually I received a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I was 31. 31!!!!!! And I have severe arthritis??? You are kidding me. So I started to research - a LOT, and found a ton of support online for those suffering with a large variety of auto immune diseases.
A reference to spoons was CONSTANT, people wishing each other spoons, talking about spoons, wearing spoon t-shirts... so I looked into what they were talking about, and found this wonderful story about The Spoon Theory. It's one woman's explanation to her friends about how she deals day-to-day with having a chronic illness. I think the story is wonderful, and I thought that this was a neat opportunity to share it with others who may not have heard it. Click here to read the full story of the Spoon Theory.
Thank you for stopping by today! Please let me know what you think! While this is the end of the blog hop, make sure that you have checked out everyone in the line up! Here is the entire list: