When I was first diagnosed with Lyme Disease, I felt lost and alone. My health had deteriorated to the point where I barely left my apartment. I only went out for work (on days I could make it in) and food.
Each day, I tried to muster up enough energy to get things done to care for myself, but it was never actually enough. Those days were dark. I was pushing, trying, and feeling like I was in a pit that I’d never be able to climb out of. It felt like nobody else understood.
But, one day during my lunch break, I came home to make a protein shake and found a pleasant surprise waiting for me.
My dear friend, Rosie, had sent a care package.
That care package was exactly what I needed at that moment! The care package told me that I had a friend who cared, who understood, and who loved me. Even if she didn’t know exactly what I was experiencing each day, she wanted to show that she cared. It meant the world to me!
I opened that care package and cried. It included an assortment of things: from healthy snacks, to a journal, to a neat travel cup, to a sweet card.
Even though my situation with chronic illness was less than desirable, that care package brought a smile to my face just when I needed it.
That’s why when others ask what they can do to support someone in their life who is chronically ill or a “spoonie,” I advocate for sending care packages or bringing over meals. For those who aren’t in the area, a care package box could be just the thing your friend needs to put a smile on their face.
Sending a care package is well worth it!
The Spoonie Essentials Box
Last month, I was invited to review the the Spoonie Essentials Box. Because I understood firsthand the value of care packages, I jumped at the chance to review it! I’m glad I did because it was fun to try out this new product and connect more with the “spoonie” community!
The February Spoonie Essentials Box was all about love: self-love and self-care while living day in and day out with a chronic illness. The box was enjoyable to receive and contained several fun items.
This card (pictured below) was a sweet little reminder to keep going in this battle with chronic illness:
The February Spoonie Essentials Box contained:
- “Chronically Fabulous” Tumbler
- Bag cross stitch kit
- Cute pair of socks with hearts
- Chronically Jeweled necklace with spoons on it
- Organic gummy bears
- Keychain that says “Chronic Illness Warrior”
- Shea butter lotion bar
- Bath bomb
- 3 tea bags
- Package of barkTHINS snacking chocolate
- Paint and paintbrush
- Assorted candy
- Party popper
- Veggie chips
- Assorted stickers
You can see more information about the contents, including a video showing every item on the Spoonie Essentials Box website.
What I Thought:
The Spoonie Essentials Box would make an excellent gift for someone who is chronically ill! It’s a great pick-me-up and includes a variety of items that are useful and fun. There are things to use you’re feeling well or when you just need to stay in bed resting.
My favorite part of the box was the tumbler. It is cute and and I loved the play on words with saying we’re “chronically fabulous” instead of just being ill. :)
We can’t underestimate the value of showing someone that we care. The Spoonie Essentials Box makes it easy to send a care package that will fit the needs of someone who is chronically ill!
I definitely recommend that you check out the Spoonie Essentials Box website to learn more about the box options and send a box to your favorite spoonie! As a special gift to readers of this blog, you can receive 10% off when you enter the code “CHRONICBLOG” at checkout.
Now, I’d love to hear from you! Would you like to receive a Spoonie Essentials Box? Have you ever received one? Please leave a comment below. :)
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