2Thanks to Stone Gardens for helping me to reach the Summit




Dear Friends, Family and Patients,

Thank-you for the outpouring of both financial and emotional support.  It truly means so much to me to feel the push behind me.  I train every day for Yosemite and even on the early mornings, thinking of all of YOU who have supported the cause, makes it easy to get out there.

As a teenager, I spent months every year in the hospital.  I was in pretty serious

 condition and even when I was home from the hospital I was quite weak.  A family friend returned from Nepal following an attempt on Everest.  He was very close to reaching the summit; he turned around at the Hillary Step.  He promised when I came home from the hospital that I would get a slide show. He shared pictures of the mountain and stories of the expedition. When he left he gave me a signed photo of Mount Everest.  Every day I lay in bed and stared at Everest and dreamed of mountaineering.  It helped motivate me as I gained back my strength and weight. I felt a sense of camaraderie with the mountaineers who struggled, fought the elements and in the end whether reaching the summit or not had a deeper understanding of themselves and their climbing partners.

Perhaps I recognized the similarity between the mountaineers’ struggle and that of a patient.

It goes back to the original question to George Mallory “why do you climb mountains?”

Physical preparation and experience are only part of what gets you to the summit; success is achieved when the emotional desire to summit and to survive are inborn in that person.

Anyone with a serious illness has been there; staring upwards at the summit. Doctors and medications are only part of the cure, the emotional desire to survive and thrive are inborn.

Some time later in life, I realized that I wouldn’t actually climb The Everest, but in life, everyone climbs their own Everest, and succeeding in spite of IBD would be mine.

I continue to be treated for IBD and in the last 10 years I have been dealing with pulmonary complications of IBD.  It is quite rare and requires a doctor with a desire to succeed and a willingness to forge a new path. I found Dr.Pottinger who has managed the chronic lung infections and has assembled a team, willing to take on the challenge.  I didn’t know at the time and I don’t think it’s a coincidence, that Dr.Pottinger is also a mountaineer.


Dr.Pottinger has his own ambition.  He has dreams of climbing the Seven Summits.  This March, he leaves to attempt Everest (summit # 6). He is physically prepared, has the experience and mental desire.  Now he just needs the conditions.

What is your Everest?


Thank you for your support,

Never, Never, Never Give Up,



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