The Spoon Theory
Christine Miserandino has an excellent analogy for explaining to a
healthy person what it's like to have a chronic illness. 
Although Christine's problem is lupus, anyone with FMS/CFIDS
will be able to relate to her spoons story at  
I have used her excellent analogy with my husband to help
him understand the limitations of my health.

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DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical doctor. I am a fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue syndrome survivor. The purpose of this website is not to diagnose or cure any disease or malady, but is presented as food for thought.  This information cannot take the place of professional medical advice. Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should come under the direction of a physician. No guarantees are made regarding any of the information in this website.