Feb 12, playing music

I was honored to play along with Anne and her sidekick. One strategy I have used the last several months to keep my sanity while waiting for the Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery is to play the guitar. I signed up for lessons with Mike Kellison who is super patient with me and yet offers challenging exercises. I have learned some really helpful strategies and now I can even keep up with these blazing fast tunes. The time flies and we can play for three or four hours and not even know it. What I guess I want to say here is “keep busy and keep moving”. When you get sucked down into depression or the pain gets to you “do something!” Thanks to Dottie Sheffield and Gathered Over Time for such a great place to hang out on a Friday afternoon.Hope tp be back there soon.

Dottie Sheffield's photo.

Dottie Sheffield with Anne Emmons and Carol Clupny at Gathered Over Time, An Eclectic Vintage Marketplace.

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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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