“I was asked by friends in August of 2016 if I would like to join them on a trip to climb Kilimanjaro in September or October of 2017. I had several reactions to this question the first being to say “I have no technical climbing ability” to which the response was that I didn’t need any. My second was to say “If I decide to go to Africa I’d want to go on a safari.” I was told this was also part of the plan. I told them I would also have to check with my doctor. I was diagnosed in 2013 with Type 2 diabetes and am on insulin and other medications and was not sure how wise it would be to undertake this trip. I wasn’t in the best of shape and really wasn’t sure that any of this was possible. My doctor seemed to think that this was a good option for me and I told my friends that I would join them.