Countdown to DBS. Two WEEKS that is14 DAYS or 336 hours

Coming around the corner the scenery changes drastically.  Brown grass and grey   sagebrush is replaced by circles of green; winter wheat shooting up its blades from rich dark soil to bright warm sunlight.   In the distance a silver line squiggles west meeting the clouds on the horizon. The river.
I am almost home from my days excursions and I am tired. 

I have engaged three different friends in a similar discussion this past week. Can we draw good from the losses in our lives?  A loss of health.  A prognosis of a degenerative nature.  A death of a teenage son. There must be a point  in the grieving where we  leave the  desert’s winter landscape  behind. We turn the corner to see new growth, and a silvery  river that leads us away from “here” to “there”.


We all agreed.  Some good has come from this bad. It would not be worth the pain except that.

 hearts have been touched, 
warmed to compassion, 
strengthened with courage,
 motivated to action.

I have the easiest journey.  I get a reprieve from my loss.

336 hours   or
14 days       or
two weeks

Because they open up my brain and insert probes, I will change.  I will wake up somehow different.
I almost feel like I am a traitor.  My friends will continue to suffer their losses. I leave this band.
 I get to turn back the clock and take up step with a different troop.

Deep Brain Stimulation

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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