The first of each New Year we look ahead. We set goals and start taking action. My friends have come to expect me to do a big adventure of great endurance and physical ability. I generally announce something big, so people have been asking me “what do you have planned for this year, Carol ? ” You want to know my plan right now? Get ready! I plan to get some holes drilled in my skull and some wires attached so I can get some action going in the motor spots in my brain that aren’t working. First I have to get through the pre-assessments for Deep Brain Stimulation surgery.

This year I allow myself to look back to see how very far I’ve come. Look here at these pictures. I have walked long distances in France and Spain. It was hot, cold, wet, muddy, windy, steep, rocky. You name it I experienced it. Yet the success of the experience is based in the strength and grace I received from my Heavenly Father. Just think, a middle aged woman with Parkinson’s Disease walking and walking…and walking.
Check out a my photos and pray with me…that I will be accepted for this surgery and when it’s all over I will feel at least as good as my best days walking.

Published by Carol Clupny, author Ultreia Books

I am a middle aged woman with Parkinson's Disease. When I was first diagnosed I spent a lot of time researching the disease. Seeing a video of a man in the advanced stages of the disease attempting to get out of his chair and then "freezing" as he tried to walk across the room got me off my butt and moving. Great adventures on the Camino de Santiago and with TEAM Pedaling for Parkinson's across IOWA, as well as the day to day adventures of life have lead me to writing. My first novel, a memoir, will be published early 2019. It is called, you got it THE RIBBON OF ROAD AHEAD. Living with the degenerative neurological disease Parkinson's, ULTREIA is a word that guides me. I have chosen it as the name of my business ULTREIA BOOKS. It comes from Latin and old French and means "unfailing courage". In the old days, pilgrims would call "Ultreïa" to each other as encouragement "Go up, go further!" Nowadays we would say "You can do this thing". It takes courage to live with Parkinson's. May I face each day with unfailing courage.

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