The Spoonie Awards (Because We All Deserve a Medal): Part One

Do you ever feel that everyone who has a chronic invisible illness like Lyme, ME, fibromyalgia, or MCS deserves an award for everything we deal with? Me too!

I decided to make my next series of weird little drawings be about all the things we deserve awards for. I think it’s definitely going to be a long-running series! 😁 I hope you like it. Here are the first two:

Spoonie awards non-accredited medical degree

Besides the infamous “you-don’t-look-sick,” there is…

I wish everyone a low-symptoms, low-pain day. 💚


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Hi! I'm Vicki. My blog is called "Miss Diagnoses" because I have too many diagnoses and because my Lyme disease was misdiagnosed for many years. In addition to being a professional patient, I'm a compulsive reader and doodler. Sadly, my writing and drawing are limited by repetitive strain injury and neuropathy. I use assistive technology, but I can't post as often as I'd like. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and I have two short cartoon videos on YouTube. Twitter and Instagram: @miss_diagnoses Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube: @MissDiagnoses

8 thoughts on “The Spoonie Awards (Because We All Deserve a Medal): Part One

  1. Lol yep, my go out outfit is even more extreme due to chemical sensitivity. Make up that doesn’t make me react? Nope. Hair cut at home? The ladies don’t want to bother or they come smelling of hair products so I have had to do it on my own for years now. Add a mask on the face when going out cause even in a low chemical environment you never know when the next perfume bomb lady or Axe covered guy is going to turn the corner lol so much fun. There’s also the added bonus that a medical N95 mask keeps you from catching viruses and making your weak immune system even worse.

    But despite all this, yes, we do make such efforts to appear at our best and deserve a nice medal and a gentle pat on the back.

    The don’t look sick problem is weird but a good way to thin out your friends who don’t get it and will only make your heart ache of you keep them, sadly. Now that i think of it, i haven’t heard that i don’t look sick in a long time. Must be the medical mask I have to wear LMAO

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    1. It’s interesting how once you add a device, whether a mask or a walker, suddenly we “look sick.” And we definitely deserve a medal for being near the Axe cologne guy/perfume stinky lady. Actually, come to think of it, thanks for that cartoon idea! 😆 I was about to get a massage and I had to leave because the guy was wearing so much fragrance. I don’t have full-blown MCS but I have mast cell disorder and allergies.


  2. Hahah I love it, Vicki!!! Totally agree, awards are needed for pretty much everything when living with chronic illness and/or pain. The smallest of things become tremendously difficult and yet we tend to berate ourselves or feel like we’ve never done enough, rather than celebrating those things we’ve done. Love your cartoons, absolutely brilliant!

    Caz xx

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