Chronic Illness Defined: The Spoon Theory and Social Media

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About Chronic Illness

Dr. Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, autoimmune disease advocate and digital health consultant, described chronic illness as “a long term health condition lasting more than three months that may not have a cure.” Feldman noted that many are “familiar with what we call the ‘common chronic diseases,” such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

  1. A long development period, for which there may be no symptoms
  2. A prolonged course of illness, perhaps leading to other health complications
  3. Associated functional impairment or disability
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Defining Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is a subset of chronic illnesses in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body.

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Understanding The Spoon Theory

For patients with autoimmune disease or any other chronic conditions, day-to-day life can be dictated by the illness.

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Meeting the Social Media Movement

For warriors like Gibson, overcoming societal stigmas and coming to terms with chronic illness has been aided by the plethora of resources available online.

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