So, today i am getting seriously nervous about the fact that this time tomorrow ill be talking in-front of over 900 people about what i did on my last holiday! Let me explain.
Seeing as i feel like i kinda know you guys now i thought id share a bit of something personal about me.
Ive had type one diabetes since i was 10. 3 years ago after around 22,000 injections i decided to start using an insulin pump which is a small mobile phone sized device that is attached to me 24/7 via a tube & a canula giving me continuous insulin - a bit like having an external pancreas (cause mine aint workin!) This has seriously improved my health & long term future. However it was a big decision, really hard to get used to the creepy idea of having the tube attached to me & at $8000 they are unaffordable to many people.
Last year, i organised a group of 11 people to do the 21 day trek to Mount Everest Base camp in Nepal. We raised $40,000 and had a grants program set up to provide financial help for other young diabetics to enjoy the same quality of health i now do.
The trek was incredible...and also incredibly hard! A life changing experience! Thought id share a few of my photos with you.
A holy man in Kathmandu
Beautiful flowers on the side of the road
The world heritage site - Bodhanath Stupa
Prayer Flags at Bodhanath Stupa
On the trail
Getting into camp at around 5400m in altitude ( this is my other half by the way!) We all decided this site was the coldest & worst location on earth for a honeymoon ;)
Scenery didnt look real it was so amazing!
With one of our sherpas at the top of Kalapathar at 5644m in altitude - the highest point on the 21 day trek!! Couldn't have made it without him! And how cool are his hot pink 80's glasses!
This was a spectacular site to have looming over you!
We made it! I must admit i was feeling quite sorry for myself at this point! A very tough day!
Love this picture - our group setting out in the morning on the way back down. Feeling very happy with more oxygen at every step!
So there you go!
Im in the process of trying to work out what pictures to frame for a gallery style wall we have in the entrance to our apartment - id love to hear what photos you vote should make the cut!
Ive got 3000 photos from the trip so just say the word if you want to see more!
Oh & the speech - my old school invited me back to be guest speaker about the challenges of it all...and there will be 900 students + guests...yyyiiikes! Wish me luck, i work in a 2 person office, have never spoken infront of that many people in my life!