Get Out and Go!

Now here’s a woman I really admire.

Linda K. Olson

Get Out and Go! If I can do it, you can too.”

I am so happy to be on Linda’s email list.   I get her posts, which are super inspiring.  I dove into her blog on my birthday, as I was finishing up the California segment of our road trip.

August holds a day that turned my life upside-down. Thirty seconds late in the month—the small amount of time it took for both legs and one arm to be severed from my body.  She wrote about the terrible van vs. train accident she was involved in near Salzburg, Germany.

You’d think the date would be engraved large, somewhere in my brain. A day that I would approach every year with trepidation or anger.  She couldn’t remember the date, so for 30+ years, she didn’t think about it.  Yet one day she was drawn to look it up.

August 27.   A date she will now not forget, but for reasons, we would not expect!

A day that I now choose to recognize.   Most of us would put bad memories of horrific events as far back in our minds as possible.  Or shrink down very small so no one could see us and come back to real size when the clock strikes 12 and that day is gone for another year.

Not to mourn, but to celebrate.    You lost so much, what is there to celebrate?

A wonderful marriage, two beautiful and talented children, a granddaughter, a rewarding professional career, a multitude of friends.   YES! There is this…and so much more.

A life well lived. No regrets.    Oh, how I  hope to be like this…to love who I was and accept who I am now, and cherish every day in between,  WITH NO REGRETS!


Linda K  Olson, Thanks for modeling this attitude of courage and resilience.  You make me want to do better!

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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