Creatively expressing yourself with photos has long been popular on social media, but how do we express our health (and illness) with Instagram and other apps? As part of a student project, the Spoonie Living app gives you colourful and funky meme stickers to enable you to creatively express your health and illness which you can then share via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (!).

Want to take part? Here’s more info:
The Spoonie Living app is a small project put together by PhD student Sam Martin. Sam has Celiac Disease, IBS and Arthritis, and is writing a thesis about how people with chronic illnesses such as Arthritis, IBS, ME, CFS and Coeliac Disease use social media to share experiences of their illness and find information. The Spoonie Living app was created to see if the use of illness and dietary related stickers would help individuals creatively express themselves in a slightly different way to general Meme images found on the internet. It is hoped that using stickers will help towards people creatively managing their illnesses on a daily basis.

But what’s a ‘Spoonie’?
The term ‘Spoonie’ was invented by Christin Miserandino to describe what it’s like to have an invisible illness, like Asthma, IBS, Celiac Disease, Arthritis and more. 'Spoons' are used to measure and describe how someone would manage the amount of energy they feel they have left to complete daily tasks when not feeling 100%. The hashtag #spoonie is really popular, and has been used just over 500,000 times on Instagram alone - it is mainly used by people with hidden illnesses to talk about their experiences daily. The aim of Spoonie Living app is to add to this experience with the use of creative stickers and see if this has a helpful/positive effect on people’s well-being.

Stickers in the app have been designed to help you quickly express how you're feeling on a good or a bad day, and are illness (e.g. Spoonie) and diet specific (e.g. Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Vegetarian, Fructose Free). Please feel free to DM me on Twitter/Instagram with any suggestions for new stickers (@spoonielivingapp), & I'll be happy to add some new ones (and name them after you)! I can put all submissions on Instagram, and the most popular will feature in the next app update!

This is a PhD project right? So what happens to your data?

1) I can only see your data if you share it with me (seriously, read more legal stuff below, and in the app). If you'd like to take part in this research, please very kindly use the hashtag #spoonielivingapp when you post through the app to Instagram or Facebook. Any awesome photos with hashtag #spoonielivingapp will be featured (with your permission) on the app's Instagram page: or Facebook page: That way I get to see how creative you've been in using the app!

2) But what about the rest of your data - is it private (I hear you ask)?
The Spoonie Living app doesn't collect any personal information, and cannot track your location, you, or even the type of stickers you use, or whether you post to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else. The only data seen is if you opt to make a user account on the app, and post your photo to the Wall of Fame. Even here, no personal information is collected, outside of the images you post. You can use any username you want, your email address is not harvested, can be deleted by you, and can only be used by you to remind yourself of forgotten password details. The only other information collected is standard app information such as how many downloads have been made via the app store.

About Sam(!)
You can find more about me and my research at: or, if you want to follow my photos on how I figure out how to manage symptoms of Celiac Disease etc. & write 80k words(!) of a thesis, follow me on Instagram @gray373

What’s New

Version 1.737.48

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

10 additional stickers in the 'More' category. 3 new starlit backgrounds. That will be it in terms of updates for a little while folks, while I push on and finish writing up my PhD thesis. Any spare spoons welcome. xx

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

Living with Autism ,

I love it!

I. Love. This. App. Honestly just scrolling through all the stickers was so uplifting! Thank you so so much to the makers of this app!

35madscientist ,

Great but needs update...

Thanks for this app! I only have a couple of suggestions. :) I did a photo w/the awesome stickers—thanks for those by the way! But it doesn’t appear where it says it will. Maybe it just takes a while? I don’t see a place to “like” others awesome creative photos! I can still just post them on Instagram or elsewhere! But I see nothing newer than 2017, so maybe the research is done? Or Sam isn’t able to mess with this right now? But a good app so far! I hope to connect with people on it! Or through it! Something to add: Spina Bifida! You can use yellow for it if you need a color. :) Thanks & I pray you get better soon, and for a cure to all of our chronic stuff! 💜💛❤️

App Privacy

The developer, Sam Martin, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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