Chronic pain and chronic illness have the potential to severely damage a person's quality of life. I found the following story online and was very impressed by how well it metaphorically describes life with chronic illness. Those of us who live each day with a a relentless condition sometimes have a hard time explaining to others what exactly it takes to maintain a sense of normalcy. If you find yourself at a loss for words when asked what it's like to live with chronic pain or illness, perhaps calling this story to mind will help you. It's called "The Spoon Theory" by Christine Miserandino.