Julie Carter

Seating outside for lunch was  limited due to the rain showers.   Attendees at the WPC looked far and wide for places to perch themselves while devouring their bento box lunches.  I had managed a corner of a couch and was merrily munching away when my couch partner got up and moved. “Perfect”, I heard someone behind me say and a woman with dark hair and deep brown eyes sat down beside me. I recognized her from hearing her speak  and seeing her photo in publications from OHSU. I am sure we had been introduced before.

“Julie Carter,  I am Carol Clupny from Hermiston, Oregon.”

I recalled she was connected to Pendleton and that became the basis of our chat.  The differences in the two communities just about 30 miles apart is amazing.  Pendleton is populated by a lot of old families.  The city is hemmed in for development by the river valley and hills surrounding it.

Hermiston is a relatively new community, being developed during the time irrigation came to the desert and continuing its expansion through the building of McNary dam.  Hermiston is sprawled.  Trim neighborhoods are in “the bowl” and businesses line highway 395 north and south of town.

I told Julie how much her work was appreciated by the Parkinson Community and recalled that she had been recognized at the 2016 WPC.

And then our time together was interrupted by the next session starting and Julie was off to present.

Retired, and still working for the cause.   That would be Julie Carter ARN.

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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