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Cindy Abbott's thoughts from the top of Mt. Everest

Over the past few months, we've been checking in with Cindy Abbott. She's a truly remarkable woman who, despite having a very serious and rare disease that has left her legally blind in one eye, decided to climb to the top of Mt. Everest.

Cindy called us from base camp last night to tell us about her experience at the summit. Be sure to tune in to All Things Considered to hear that conversation.

In the meantime, she also emailed us these thoughts and photos (they're pretty high-tech at base camp!) to share with KPCC listeners. Enjoy!

Summited Mt. Everest!
WOW! That was the most difficult thing that I have EVER done! I will give you the details in a few days. We climbed down through the dangerous Khumbu Icefall today after the last Sherpas are done they are closing the South Side of Mt. Everest in two days.

I have a few minor injuries and see the Everest ER doctor today - they are

Now I can ask that if you can afford a few dollars donation to the Vasculitis Foundation, go to my blog and use the secure donation link.

More to follow, but I have been climbing for days and days with almost no sleep and food!

It is amazing what you can do if you try!

Cindy Abbott at the summit of Mt. Everest

Cindy back at Base Camp after reaching the summit

Cindy with Everest Base Camp Dr. Steve