This morning I awoke to the smell of freshly brewing French Vanilla Coffee...The aroma was enough to convince me to leave the comfort of my comfy cozy bed and venture downstairs (or maybe Adventure would be a more fitting word, as it seems to be quite a trek each and every day now... and I still haven't found my Sherpa). As I was sipping (more like guzzling) my morning cup of coffee, I was thinking of how we can spread more awareness and really get Lupus/and autoimmune diseases into the public's eye, and being the big kid I am, I thought, "What if there was a game...perhaps a board game... a popular one... that created a special edition for Autoimmune diseases..." Then it hit me. The answer was obvious...
Monopoly....Monopoly-Autoimmune diseases Special Edition. What child, or adult for that matter, doesn't LOVE to play Monopoly (yes, this may have a sarcastic connotation attached to it, as Monopoly is a game I have a love-hate relationship with, I love it because its fun...I hate it because after 4 hours with no end in sight, it's not so fun). But, nonetheless it is a timeless classic and there is no denying that. Anything thats Anything/Anyone has had a Monopoly special edition game manufactured in their favor, so why not Autoimmune diseases? Here's my pitch (Milton Bradley eat your heart out):
Monopoly: Autoimmune Diseases-Special Edition! Get your limited edition copy of this fantastically Loopy Board game, equip with 6 different players pieces, including a prescription bottle (but don't worry moms and dads, it's only a toy piece, safe for your child's enjoyment!), a cane, an awareness symbol, a doctor, a spoon and a bottle of sunblock (for all of you photosensitive folks out there!) That's right this game caters to any and all autoimmune diseases! We've even re-engineered the game board entirely! Instead of our standard run -of-the-mill RailRoads, we have a "replenish your energy/spoons" stops located around the board, indicated by the person seated in a chair with a clock above them (representing a resting time!), you may also wish to get IV fluids here to rehydrate, but be careful, it will cost you a few extra dollars! As you pass go, you will collect your prescriptions and disability payments (if you have been placed on disability by one of our "chance" or "Wake up(which tell you if your having a good day, flare day, or anywhere in between" cards!) Our standard waterworks have been conveniently replaced with "Jolts-of-Java" stations, where you can get your daily Jolt, by flipping over a Jolt-of-Java card! (an extra type of card, added specifically for this edition!) And if your not quite the luckiest, I'd be careful, because it might land you in...nope, not the jail (remember Autoimmune edition)..That's right you'll land yourself right in the Hospital in need of immediate medical attention and care! If your feeling lucky and you roll the die right, you'll land yourself on the "Free Refills" (That's right, Most of us have handicapp parking plaques anyway so instead of "Free parking" we have the "Free Refills") corner of the board, where you get reimbursed for all of the Doctors/Prescriptions and medical Bill cards you hold, as well as any current prescription cards you may have drawn that need refilling!
Our Community Chest and Chance cards have been replaced by the "New Symptoms" cards (which will most likely charge you a fee, for having to go to a doctor for your new symptoms, or having to go on disability)! and "Wake up" cards (which give you a 50-50 chance of waking up having a good day, which you will profit from, or a flare day, which will ultimately cost you money!). And as for the properties... Well instead of collecting expensive real estate, you'll be paying off co-pays and medical bills as you collect Doctors offices, Specialists and prescription Bills. (pay off the co-pay on top of the Medical Bill, and you can place a green dollar symbol on the property...If your living large, you might even be able to pay off all your medical bills for that location/doctor (prices indicated on Property Cards!). In this case you would place a sign that reads, "PAID IN FULL!" on that location on the game board, indicating that you have completely paid off all of your bills/prescriptions at that designated location! Some of our properties for this special edition include: SLE Avenue, Prescription Palace (0ne of the most expensive places have! To pay off all of your medical bills and place a "PAID IN FULL" sign on this property you will have to dish out a whopping $5,000), Cellcept Street, Sjogrens Gardens, Endocrinologist Avenue, Internist Park, Rheumatologist Row, and Hematologist Heights (to name a few).... The overall objective of the game is to have as many of your "properties/precriptions" or "Bills" "PAID IN FULL" and to have the most cash left at the end of the game... Whomever has the most "PAID IN FULL" signs (each sign is equivalent to $5,000 when adding up totals at the end), combined with their cash, is the winner!!
I've done all the legwork for Monopoly:Special Edition: Autoimmune Diseases... now it's up to Milton Bradley!
After all this talk of medical bills and prescriptions its time for me to to hop (haha yea right!) over to Prescription Palace and take my morning meds. (before I forget...It happens more than you think), but before I do, I'll leave you with our daily Jolt-of-Java, and of course my "Page of Hope" link!
Jolt-of-Java: " Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference."- Nolan Bushnell