Spoonie Awards Part Two

The Spoonie Awards (Because We All Deserve a Medal), Part Two

As I mentioned, this is going to be a really long series, because we spoonies deserve a LOT of medals. 😁

Positive thinking is fine, but not the sort of toxic positivity that invalidates our real, painful experience. There are always those people so obsessed with being positive that they lose their capacity for empathy. I can’t be “positive” about a bad situation until I’ve cried, bitched and moaned, and gone through all the stages of grief first. Also, people should try having an illness like Lyme, ME, or MCS before they judge.

How many times have you had variations of the following conversation? I’ve definitely run across this type of person, now that I am in the “you-don’t-look-sick” phase of my illness (when I was bedbound around 2010, I just got told to exercise, which was kind of difficult as I couldn’t leave the bed much).

Patiently explaining your illness

In honor of upcoming Lyme Awareness Month, I just wanted to share an old cartoon depicting the weirdest misdiagnosis I ever got. I was diagnosed with Lyme in 2014, but between 2008 and 2014 I got a lot of things like this:

Autoimmune doctor

So, I didn’t go back to that doctor. 😁

And here is an old cat cartoon. Sadly, veterinarians do have a much better understanding of Lyme and coinfections. This is a very big problem for humans, although cats may think it’s just fine.

Bart Cat

Here’s Part One of these Spoonie Awards and there will be more after Awareness Month. I keep thinking of new ones every time someone says something ignorant or mean about chronic illness, so there will be, er, many…

For Awareness Month I am making one new series and I’ll have four spoonie artist guest posts (yes, four, because I missed April). Hopefully I can do Part Two of my “Shit Lymies Don’t Say” series from last year (if my tendinitis cooperates). I have been putting CBD oil on my arm, and it’s been helpful.

Wishing everyone a low-symptoms 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

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