Friday, February 15, 2013

Climbing it

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There are millions of things in the world to do, see, touch and explore. A million things can be too many for one person to accomplish; however, when the opportunities arise saying 'YES!' is all it takes to begin the journey. After being diagnosed, I took diabetes as an opportunity; rather than a disadvantage. I sought out friendships, careers and adventures with a common denominator being my diabetes.  From this I have taken on many challenges and came out with great stories and experiences that have all been part of my life story, but here is the next adventure.

I was asked to participate in a week long adventure in Tanzania, South Africa. The details, I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with seven other type one diabetics from all different nationalities. This hike will be video taped for a movie as well.  When first asked to do this I was scared and felt as if I could not even attempt it.  After some convincing from friends and family and a nights sleep I decided that I would be insane not to take this on.  I knew that if I at least didn't try I would always regret it.

This will happen on the last week of August and there will be electricity along the way so I will be able to blog.  Although it is five and a half months away from now, training will be key.  Luckily I have been working out steady for the past month and a half, so the next step is to amp it up.  To be honest, I am incredibly nervous and I am sure as the date gets closer I will become more and more scared of the trek; however, I love that I will be setting an example for many type ones around the world - showing them that anything is possible!



  1. Your adventure will be amazing! I have been Type 1 for almost 40 years (since 1974), and I don't let any obstacle stand in my way of success. I wish you the best of luck, Kayla, on this great experience!

  2. Wow! That's incredible! And what better company than a handful of other T1D's?

  3. Woah! What an amazing opportunity! I look forward to reading about your training and the actual climb when the time comes! Wishing you lots of luck, Kayla!

  4. Good luck! I went travelling on my own for 10 months - did the Inca Trail and what not.. definitely worth doing all this extra stuff to prove not only to others but to yourself that you can do anything :)

  5. Thank you everyone for such great support and encouragement!