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neil On June - 26 - 2010Comments Off

Welcome to the Climbing for a Cure blog. Over the next 2 years, myself (Neil McDonald) and my climbing partner Radek Dusatko intend to summit Mont Blanc (Largest mountain in Western Europe), Aconcagua (Largest mountain in South America) and of course Mount Everest (Largest mountain in the world!)

In May 2005 I got the call from my wife that would change my life forever.

My daughter Darcey who was 3 had been suffering from what we thought was a urine infection. My mother in law, who was staying with us for a few days, had taken Darcey down to the local surgery only to be told that she had very high sugar levels and dangerously high levels of ketones and had to be admitted to hospital immediately.

It turned out that Darcey had Type 1 Diabetes.

I knew very little about Diabetes at that time, only a few tales of an uncle that had been diagnosed age 8, but in those days no one discussed things like that and my granny by this time had passed away, so no questions could be asked.

I did however know that in 5 days time we were due to depart to Disneyland Paris. A holiday that Darcey had been counting down the days from since approximately Christmas. My wife Linzie and I made a decision that very day that nothing was going to stop us making Darceys’ life as normal as possible.

We decided, much against the Doctors advice, that within the 5 days we would do a crash course on blood sugar monitoring and the administration of insulin through syringe injection and go to Disneyland, which we did.

Medical staff from ARI were fantastic and guided us through this very tough initial period via numerous phone calls day and night.

Although we try very hard not to let it, for Darcey and for us, life is now very different.

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease which the human body’s immune system destroys the body’s own cells that produce Insulin, rendering the persons body with no control over the sugar levels that build up in the blood.

Darcey and all children with Type 1 Diabetes require multiple injections of insulin daily, just to keep them alive. They must monitor everything they eat and drink and balance this with insulin. They are required to check BS levels by pricking their finger and testing the blood approximately 8 to 12 times.

Sounds easy enough eh?

Try doing this to a three year old girl, that has a low pain threshold at the best of times and doesn’t really know what is happening to her.

From that time on, we have been involved with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the work they do.

Every year we, (family and friends) take part in the Annual Walk at Hazlehead Park. My wife is part of the small group who organise the Annual Ball and as a family we support various other events throughout the year.

This of course leads us to my Expedition. We are “Climbing for a Cure”

It is important to point out that this expedition and its training will be completely self-funded. We have made the decision that all costs will be covered personally by us. All monies received through sponsorship and donations will go directly to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

So, please help us out to raise as much money as we can.

We are sure you can understand why this is so important to us and to every other family who live with Type 1 Diabetes and everything else that goes with it.