Carol Ferring Shepley’s New Book Tells Woman’s True Story of Unique Approach to Parkinson’s

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‘Lori’s Lessons’ shows woman’s victory over Parkinson’s through five-step approach, positive mindset.

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“There is very little in life that you can’t turn to your advantage if you think about it the right way,” Shepley says of Lori’s attitude.

According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke nearly 500,000 people suffer from Parkinson’s disease in the U.S.. Typically the disease affects those over the age of 60; however, in some cases it can strike people under 50. For 55-year-old Lori Patin, Parkinson’s was not only unexpected – it was crushing. Written by Carol Ferring Shepley, “Lori’s Lessons: What Parkinson’s Teaches about Life and Love” (published by iUniverse) tells Lori’s inspirational and true story.

“Lori’s Lessons” follows Lori and her husband and caretaker, Bob, as Lori faces the incurable Parkinson’s diagnosis with courage and pride. Readers will watch as Lori transforms from someone who once wanted to “cry until she died,” into someone who faces the disease, and life, with inner strength.

Many battle Parkinson’s using medicine and traditional treatments, but for Lori a combination of the two wasn’t enough. Upon the realization that her disease wasn’t improving, Lori decided that with her new lifestyle should come a new approach – her 360-degree method was born. Lori compares her attack on Parkinson’s to the five spokes of a wheel, utilizing caregivers and diet, family and friends, medicine and exercise, spirituality and sleep as her tools for fighting the disease.

While Lori’s approach still utilizes medicine and some traditional remedies, her husband largely attributes her near-remission-like state to her tenacity, hope, and faith. Lori is confident her approach will not only help others facing Parkinson’s, but also help readers cope with any of life’s overwhelming challenges.

“There is very little in life that you can’t turn to your advantage if you think about it the right way,” Shepley says of Lori’s attitude.

Shepley was introduced to Lori and Bob through mutual friends, after it was suggested she write their story. Within hours of meeting them, Shepley was touched by Lori’s story and courage, and hopes her book can relay that same sentiment to readers.

“Lori’s Lessons”
By Carol Ferring Shepley
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 158 pages | ISBN 9781491702185
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 158 pages | ISBN 9781491702178
E-Book | ISBN 9781491702192
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Carol Ferring Shepley graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, majoring in art history and English literature. She has written for several magazines including TIME, Money and Harper’s Bazaar. A former professor of art history, Shepley is the author of several books and has won the Independent Publisher Gold Medal Award for Best Regional Nonfiction. She and her husband have three daughters.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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