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My last three weeks in pictures: a serious spoon shortage

mwip_2013-06-09Hello my beauties! My apologies for leaving you for so long without warning. The truth is, I’ve been sick. You may remember when I attended the chronic pain management program at the Ottawa Hospital in January. About three weeks ago I started experiencing extreme versions of my usual symptoms and had to cut way back on everything. For much of the last three weeks I’ve been bed-bound and making sure to do a lot of self care. I watched a lot of Netflix, drank a lot of tea, did my nails a bunch of times, and ate as healthy as I could.

Of course I wasn’t able to stop working completely, and I often felt well enough to work for a couple of hours a day. In that time I taught my lovely students, played my usual Monday night performance, and answered a few emails.

Basically I have suffering from a massive “spoon shortage.” If you are unaware of the Spoon Theory of chronic illness, click here to read The Spoon Theory by Christine Miserandino. Once you’ve read that, click here to read an excellent article about trying to blog without spoons, written by a fellow spoonie, Emily of Chronically Creative.

I feel like I might be starting on the upswing and heading back into “regular chronically ill” territory, so I’m going to try taking on a little more again. You might see a few blog posts in the mix, but I’m also going to try warming up, and piano practice, and lots and lots of self-care.

Thanks for your support as I cope with this time in my life. If you have some positive news happening in your life I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Share your positivity!

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.


  1. Rhea

    Such a great idea. Spoons! Such a tangible way to get a point across. Thanks for sharing. Hope you get more spoons in the days to come. Let me know if you need to borrow some. 😉

  2. Gardencat

    The spoons are a great way to describe this to people who don’t understand, even if they want to. I wish I could make you spoons.

    For happy news, I just had a great three week trip to Europe with my brother and we still get along well! I was able to walk every day AND I could knit again! It was great meeting family, most for the first time.
    The jazz festival is coming fast and we made over 1000 cookies yesterday for the stage volunteers. Another day and we should be fully stocked. We start in the park Wednesday and the music will flow a week later!

  3. Edel Meade

    Renée you are Amazing and inspiring!!!!!! I’m so thrilled to have met you at Banff and you continue to inspire me all the time. Lots of loveXXXX

  4. Hey Renee! I just LOVE the cool vibe you’ve got going on. Sorry you have been suffering a spoon shortage too, it’s darn awful. It sounds like you are dealing amazingly well with it. You made me laugh at “regular chronically ill territory” – I so relate. Hopefully I’ll be back there soon. I wish I could give you some spoons to make things easier. Thanks for linking to me.

    Love & cupcakes,

    Miss CC

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