In case you're not sure what that means, comorbidity means the simultaneous presence of two or more chronic diseases or conditions in a patient. I have yet to meet a spoonie (that's what we call ourselves, us chronically ill folks, I'll get to that in a second) who has less than three chronic illnesses. For example, I have Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypothyroid, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, just to name a few. Many have overlapping symptoms, and maybe some are really a symptom of having the others. They're all related, but a person can have any one of my diseases without having any of the others. Lucky me, I hit the jackpot and got ALL of these (plus some I didn't name!)
Maybe there is that one person who just has the one thing, but I assert that if that is the case, they would be the exception rather than the rule.
But I digress. My point is, we are many-faceted, we spoonies. Multi-layered. Complicated. Delicate snowflakes. Rainbow unicorn butterfly kittens.
And one day, someone posted this in my facebook feed:
And I saw it and said "YES!"
And then, "I must make that into a plush....only it needs to also have zebra stripes.
Why zebra stripes, you might be asking?
|Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store.|
And it caught on like wildfire, spreading throughout the chronically ill like a beacon of light: We Are the Spoonies.
Spoonikitty is meant to offer comfort. And the reminder that we are all out here rooting for each other. Even when it's crazy hard.
Want one? I'm selling them, too! In my Etsy store.
A portion of the proceeds go to paying for physical therapy and my mountain of medical bills.
This is a detail of one of the types of wings. All are unique, so yours may vary. Also if you don't see the one you want in the shop, let me know, I'll make the one you prefer. I can do all one color (zebra-striped or plain), too.
They're delightfully snuggable. And unique in every way, just like you. And me.