As an avid NASCAR fan, (Go Martin Truex, Jr! #78!)
I decided to have fun and see how I could use it as a metaphor for life.
Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer:
Current Hospital or Medical Facility
Current doctors, nurses, technicians, etc that are aiding me in improving my current condition. They have the ability to execute or perform under pressure, keep me focused and calm, monitor conditions, implement tools to assist me in medical treatments. Simulations to improve knowledge, especially before procedures. Evaluate track conditions and adapt with never ending lab diagnostics and pit stops to improve. They also help prepare me to be hopeful for upcoming races (events), while comforting me and assisting me to do the best we know how at the time.
Insurance companies, sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but throwing flags whenever they feel.
Me, the patient. I try to begin each day with a positive personality. dedicated, and focused to make the best of each situation. Unfortunately, whether by fault of my own or not, things sometimes go haywire with problems after problems occurring.
Main, most trustworthy doctor. Makes the best calls under pressure, analyzes and creates strategies with me, & motivates me when things look or feel grim.
Close friends and fellow chronic illness fighters running a similar health race. Offer each other support and help when possible while also trying not to hinder their own mission.
Other chronic illness patients, sharing their stories, racing the lanes that work best for them personally, and moving toward the same goal: improved health.
Routine medical appts. Checking to ensure "car" (body) is in best possible condition.
Attempts to test conditions, medications, & treatment plans. Hopefully, small beneficial changes can be made along the way.
Running my body as hard as I can (within limitations) without losing control, spinning out, or crashing.
Researchers and media covering the need for awareness and treatments.
Loyal VIP Fans:
Family and friends that are passionate and have love for their me. Their support radiates immensely, rooting for me in good and bad times. I could not be who I am without them.
Life with Chronic Illness! Giving all I have to finish the rest successfully, avoiding crashes when possible, and handling situations the best possible way at the moment. During the race of life, there's gonna be scratches, dents, accidents, crashes, and mishaps occur. But, together with teamwork and encouragement we can rebuild, retry, make corrections, and keep working on the ultimate ride (my best possible self in the moment). At the same time, I must become knowledgeable and prepared for when the unexpected/unforeseen challenges occur.
The results at the end of the days, especially when less than desired, don't necessarily mean a bad life or career. We just have to pick up the pieces, learn from what has worked best in the past and what has been the reasons for my struggles, communicate, and keep moving forward.
The appearance on the outside doesn't always dictate the way I am functioning and handling things on the inside. I can LOOK awesome but feel and function crappy. I can look awful and scarred, but still move forward and continue on with a positive attitude and spirit.
At the end of the day, my team, pit crew, crew chief, CEO, and my loyal family fans work together to learn, study, replay, contemplate past present and future goals, and analyze how I can improve and be the best me possible. In addition, racing is done for the fun of the sport. even with unexpected difficulties. Much like life. I am internally motivated by the beauty and enjoyment of life itself, even with the unexpected difficult out-of-my control days.
Drive for the love of the drive, live for the love of life.