Representation is important, and funny chronic illness t-shirts and sweatshirts are a great way to rep your chronic illness. Remember those angsty teen years when no matter which way your fashion choices leaned, fashion was THE thing to let the world know how you felt? There’s no reason that needs to change now that we are older! Here’s a collection of funny chronic illness t-shirts and chronic illness awareness shirts that we think are worth a shout out. Whatever your chronic illness may be, these stores are sure to have something that will jump out at you the second you see it. A lot of times the makers are persons with chronic illnesses, mental illnesses or disabilities as well, so not only are you repping, you are supporting a small business owner navigating their own health journey, trying to make their way in this world.
There are a ton of chronic illness t-shirts out there, a huge variety of whatever you could dream of and if you can’t find what you want, there’s sure to be someone who can make it these days. From subtle to loud, the pieces we choose to display can be a way for us to represent our chronic illnesses, maybe educate if there are comments on the piece, and it might even encompass something we can’t even articulate to the world ourselves… or it might just be super freaking fun! Plus, nearly all these designs were created by people who live with a chronic condition — it’s by us and for us! So check out this chronic illness clothing, let us know which ones are your favorite, and get to repping!
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Funny Chronic Illness T-Shirts
Chronic Fatigue Sloth – Humorous Chronic Illness Shirt
Chronic illness, spoonie, sloth gifts. Show your support for chronic fatigue/invisible illness with this sloth apparel-plus sizes available
If I were an animal, I would definitely be a sloth and honestly, it makes sense. Everything I do is slow. POTS acting up? Stand up slow. Walking around? Walk slow and balance yourself, always looking for a good place to catch yourself if things go wrong. Fibromyalgia? Brain fog, stiffness, muscle pain… definitely going to be slow. And if you didn’t know, sloths are the official awareness animal for those of us with gastroparesis. Gastroparesis falls under the dysautonomia umbrella of chronic illness, and it causes delayed gastric emptying, resulting in possible nausea, vomiting, pain, bloating, bathroom issues… lots of fun things, but essentially everything with chronic illness is slow, so sloths are perfect! There are various funny sloth chronic illness shirts, sweatshirts, and other sloth items right now since sloths are IN!
Is It Actually Hot in Here or… – Funny Chronic Pain T-Shirt
Chronic Pain Shirt, Sciatica Shirt, RA Shirt, Arthritis Gift, Fibromyalgia Shirt, Chronic Illness Gift, Multiple Sclerosis, Migraine Shirt
Ah chronic pain, my nemesis. Chronic pain is something that lives in my life like white noise. It comes along with the chronic illness. Always in the background, always irritating. Sometimes the noise is quiet, sometimes the noise is so loud I can’t do anything because my pain drowns everything out. It’s the soundtrack of my life, so this funny chronic pain shirt is totally relatable.
Not Today, Everything Hurts – Chronic Illness Clothes
Not Today My Everything Hurts, Chronic Pain Illness Shirt, Funny Fibromyalgia Shirt, Autoimmune Shirt, Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee
Sometimes you can’t even…this is the shirt for those days!
She Believed She Could, but… Chronic Illness T-Shirt
Funny Tired Spoonie Shirt, Women, Invisible Mental Chronic Illness T-Shirt Gift, Fibromyalgia Fatigue Diabetes Crohns EDS Lupus Lyme Nap Tee
This popular phrase t-shirt has been edited a bit from the original, which now makes it the perfect funny chronic illness t-shirt. Chronic illness is exhausting, and not just in the ways you would think. Yes, chronic illness often comes with brain fog, confusion or memory loss, physical limitations, sleep issues, and chronic pain. How could you NOT be tired? Often overlooked are the “professional patient” aspects of being chronically ill like spending all that time traveling to and attending appointments, talking to insurance companies and pharmacies, and fighting for benefits. All of that is exhausting too. And that’s OK. It’s OK if you can’t do it today. It’s OK if you need to nap. It’s OK if you need some time for yourself. The world is a hard place right now. Chronic illness is hard. Be extra kind to yourself.
No Spoons Left Only Knives – Funny Spoonie T-Shirt
No More Spoons Only Knives Left Shirt, Spoon Theory Shirt, Spoonie Humor Shirt, Funny Shirt, Kitchen Shirt, Cook Shirt, Funny Kitchen Shirt
Ever feel like you’re borrowing spoons from tomorrow to pay for today? At some point, your spoons are going to run out, and when that happens, things might get a little dicey… Kidding of course, but running out of spoons while battling chronic illness is an all too familiar occurrence for us spoonies, and when that happens, it’s hard to be in a good mood, be patient, come from a place of love and all that jazz, so we (or at least me) get a little edgy. This t-shirt can be fun or serve as a warning. Proceed with caution.
Straight Outta Spoons – Straight Outta Compton Parody Spoonie T-shirt
Spoonie "Straight Outta Spoons" Unisex T-Shirt | Spoon Theory, Chronic Illness, Invisible Illness | Dysautonomia, EDS, Autoimmune Disease
This shirt is simple, to the point, and says it all.
Harry Potter Funny Chronic Illness T-Shirt
Will my witches and wizards please stand up? If your body solemnly swears it is up to no good on a daily basis, you will love this Harry Potter-themed chronic illness shirt.
Chronic Illness Awareness T-Shirts
Invisible Illnesses Awareness – Accessibility and Inclusivity Short-Sleeved T-shirt
Disability Rights Shirt, Disability Awareness Shirt, Chronic Illness Apparel, Promote Accessibility Promote Inclusivity, Unisex Shirt
We especially love this invisible illness awareness shirt for its simple and to-the-point message. We also love that it brings awareness to chronic illnesses that are likely to be more subtle. How many movies have spit out “just because you can’t see something, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.” Maybe overplayed in Hollywood, this actually sums up invisible illnesses pretty well. People don’t realize what’s under the surface and going on and what kind of chronic illnesses someone may be experiencing. How many social media posts have you seen from strangers shaming those who “don’t look sick” for using disabled parking spaces, service dogs, bus seats… you name it. What these strangers don’t realize is that all too often so many of our chronic illnesses don’t have outward symptoms. There’s a war going on inside of us, but to the general public, we look “fine.” This chronic illness awareness shirt touches on some of those invisible chronic illnesses and we are here for it!
Flare Day Chronic Illness Awareness Sweatshirt
Flare Day Sweatshirt Crewneck, Invisible Illness Awareness Sweatshirt Gift, Dysautonomia Awareness POTS Chronic Sweatshirt - Spoonie Owned
Ugh. Flares. If you have a chronic illness, you know what a flare day is. You know it all too well. This comfy and cozy crewneck sweatshirt has a loose fit and is a 50/50 cotton and polyester blend for the best of both worlds. Even better is that it’s a Spoonie Shop! The maker has all sorts of awesome spoonie clothes, stickers, mugs… spoonies get spoonies! Supporting small business owners with chronic illness or disabilities is a huge part of our mission here, and most of these shops are owned by persons with chronic illness or disabilities or mental illness.
I’m Not Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Shirt
Invisible Illness Awareness Unisex Sweatshirt | My illness may be invisible but I am not | Chronic Illness Sweatshirt | Grace & Brace
Your chronic illness might be invisible, but you are not. Don’t ever forget it.
Dysautonomia Awareness Shirt
Dysautonomia, especially Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), can cause massive dizziness and fainting. Many other chronic illnesses or even medications can cause dizziness, and we love this shirt that brings awareness to the dizziness that accompanies chronic illness.
For more shirts like this, check out our article: Dysautonomia and POTS Shirts, Pins, and Stickers
EDS Awareness Shirt
EDS "Hang Loose" Halloween Unisex Awareness Shirt | Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Fall Tee, EDS Warrior Gift, EDS Humor, Chronic Illness Autumn
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a connective tissue disorder that results in hypermobility. Joints get super loose and can dislocate or sublux (partially dislocate), so this fun skeleton shirt brings awareness to the hypermobility in EDS. There are also a lot of great zebra items for sale, which is the EDS awareness animal.
This spoonie shirt educates those who read it on what a spoonie is exactly. We love Fused with Love Co because they have so many chronic illness awareness shirts to choose from. In addition to their wide variety of funny chronic illness t-shirts and chronic illness awareness shirts, this shop also has awareness blankets, stuffed animals, and all sorts of fun stuff. If you want to rep, you can get your whole set up here essentially (we especially love the variety of conditions the shop highlights) AND support a small business owner with chronic illness. Win win!
Fashion is a way to express yourself, and it’s not any different for a spoonie. There are so many things about chronic illness that suck, so why not have a little fun with it? These funny chronic illness shirts and chronic illness awareness shirts can start conversations, educate others, and help you express yourself regarding your chronic illness while still being cute, comfy, and fashionable! We love to support small business owners with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and mental illnesses and at the same time have some fun. We hope you enjoy these funny chronic illness and chronic disease awareness t-shirts and sweatshirts as much as we do!
For more awesome chronic illness merch, check out our article: Chronic Illness Pins, Stickers, & Patches Spoonies Will Love
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