As I have gotten older, one of my goals, was to live more in the now.....moment to moment, not dwelling on the future. For much of my life I had been lucky enough to work, play, travel, trek and climb in some pretty exciting places with fantastic people. When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s I thought my adventures were over....all I could think about was the future of my disease, and to accept how little control I had over my life.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp requires me to continue my physical fitness regimen, which is one of the things I DO have control over and recommits my spirit to adventure, in all areas of my life, while also continuing to trek on my Parkinson’s Journey.....one step at a time, one boot in front of the other ................and of course the primary goal is much broader, to fund research for a non-embryonic stem cell treatment that would impact so many people, with so many medical conditions, worldwide.
When I have mentioned my commitment to reach Everest Base Camp to friends and strangers, my friends are not surprised and the strangers seem astonished. On any given day each of us has our own personal Everest Base Camp and other lofty summits. I hope that I could encourage family, friends, and others who cross my path, to continue to attempt their own summits, regardless of elevation or obstacles.