And a few days ago I was shown a link to this article about the "Spoon Theory," which the author came up with to explain to a friend what it was like to live with Lupus. I haven't been about to stop thinking about it. It's such a good way to illustrate what it's like to have a chronic challenge like that in your life.
Now, I would never compare hirsutism to Lupus. Idiopathic hirsutism in particular, which really doesn't have any other symptoms (unlike the glucose imbalance, weight gain and difficulty conceiving that can also be part of the hairy parcel for women with PCOS), can hardly be described as a "sickness." But it is a bodily malfunction of sorts that we can't control. It is something that makes us budget our energy (and our shaving cream) because, let's face it, hirsutism can also prevent us from doing things.
This is a very good article. This week, this is what I'd like people to read: http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory-written-by-christine-miserandino/
I asked her to list off the tasks of her day, including the most simple. As, she rattled off daily chores, or just fun things to do; I explained how each one would cost her a spoon. When she jumped right into getting ready for work as her first task of the morning, I cut her off and took away a spoon. I practically jumped down her throat. I said ” No! You don’t just get up. You have to crack open your eyes, and then realize you are late. You didn’t sleep well the night before. You have to crawl out of bed, and then you have to make your self something to eat before you can do anything else, because if you don’t, you can’t take your medicine, and if you don’t take your medicine you might as well give up all your spoons for today and tomorrow too.”
And I think more than anything it reminds us how lucky we are. We have more control over our lives than many, hair or no hair. May we be empowered to take charge and made the most of each day.