Danica talks her ups and downs in NASCAR, offseason plans, more
But I think from a scheduling standout, from an energy standpoint, from that being a really big difference, I think we were prepared. We hired a full-time assistant and those kind of things and got a really good group of people together, a good team of people that take care of that stuff, so we hit the ground running for this year. Everything was in order, but it was just a matter of digesting a 20th-place finish.
Once the first few races were done, I started to be able to have realistic expectation levels and goals and that also helped me to not get as down and mad, because when you come from running up front and doing well on the weekends, then go qualifying 37th or something like that and it seems shockingly bad and you just have to deal with it and move on and cut myself some slack, as I've been told to.
My grandma had it. She passed away when she was in her 60s, she was in a wheelchair, oxygen, oxygen mask 24 hours a day. She couldn't even talk, so really sad. My grandpa had to take care of her. I mean the stress, I can't even imagine having to make sure her oxygen tank doesn't run out of oxygen and the mask doesn't fall off her face. Definitely a deteriorating lifestyle over time and in the end completely.
Just trying to get the word out there for the signs, symptoms so people will do something about it. COPD kills more people than breast cancer and diabetes combined, so it's the fourth leading cause of death in this country. Of the 24 million that have it, half don't know it.
We're trying to get a million people screened by the end of the year. DRIVE4COPD.com, you don't have to register, you can just take the screener. We're trying to get as many people as possible. The other people who are doing it are Michael Strahan, Bruce Jenner and Patti Loveless. We've been taking the fun van with COPD all over the side of it all around the country to NASCAR races and concerts and fairs and things like that whenever there's a big group of people outside and getting people screened.