Reviews

signing books at the Friends of the Library event
This is a must-read for anyone who often get attacked by the little words “can’t” and “this is too hard for me”, and also those who have PD themselves or someone close to them is diagnosed with it – you’ll see how a person can truly LIVE with it (caps intended).

The author of this book is one of the lightest, most active, wise and liveliest people I have ever met, and Carol’s stories show how to accept and shape the reality instead of feeling sorry for oneself. It also gives a clear insight on the nature of PD from a first-hand point of view, which is super useful, because no, we cannot imagine.

It is a beautiful, fun and inspirational tribute to a fulfilled life, taking it as it is and accepting what cannot be changed. In one sentence – it teaches you to sit in the driver’s seat of your life, not in the passenger’s one.
I am lucky she is my friend. You’re lucky that she writes so well and has shared her stories.  Alise Avota

Replacing Fear with Optimism, Reassurance, Reality and Grit

Open this book and transport yourself to the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain, to a home in Eastern Oregon, to a tandem bike ride in Iowa, to Deep Brain Stimulation surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University with a story so compelling that you will not be able to leave it alone. Woven throughout all of these separate journeys is the extraordinary fact that Carol Clupny has early-onset Parkinson’s Disease. She grabs you and shakes you. She inspires you with her own actions. She moves you with her faith, her sky-highs and her crushingly-low lows. Her absolute grit and determination to take what life has given her and use it to give others strength to face their own life challenges is beyond remarkable. I have now given copies of this book to friends with PD and to other friends embarking on their own Camino journey. When they finished, they were fear-free, optimistic and reassured by big doses of reality, determination and pure grit. This is non-fiction with a wallop!  Norah Pratton