Posted in after the diagnosis, coping with chronic illness, coping with life threatening illness, living with chronic illness, Living with Illness

You and Obama are the Commander-In-Chief

Okay maybe you aren’t given the final word on going to war or making national policy, but you are the commander-in-chief of your own health and healing.  You get the final word about what treatments you take, what doctors you visit and your attitude.  There is no one who can superimpose their beliefs on you because you are the final word in your health.  Can you think of anything more powerful than recognizing, acknowledging, and then acting as the Commander-In-Chief of your health?  I think it’s incredibly empowering to sit in that seat, take the controls, and make the tough decisions.

The key principle is to do what the President does, surround yourself with the best people possible.  You can’t know everything about everything, but given the right information you can make informed decisions.  Recruiting the best people possible to help you sort out what’s extraneous and what’s important can mean the difference between success and failure.  It’s easy to act like a cat and chase every shiny thing that crosses your path; treatments that promise big results without substantiation are the shiny things.  Don’t go toward something just because it’s easy, go toward what will work.

You are being given a lot of responsibility and I hope you take that responsibility seriously.  If you hand off control to others how is your voice heard?  What will it take for you to step up and take the reins and act as Commander-In-Chief.  It’s about developing a sense of conviction.  You need a platform and I hope your platform is: increased health, increased peace of mind, and increased quality of life.  We know that we can’t cure every illness, but you can set the wheel in motion for emotional and spiritual health.  Do you take yourself seriously in leading your corner of the health and healing world?  Share your Commander-In-Chief experience…you have a constituency and that’s everyone facing a chronic or life-threatening illness who are still running for office!

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