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Today I want to tell you a few amazing facts about Littlefoot:
• She finished hiking all 2,184 miles of the Appalachian Trail this week. [Editor's note: this was published last year]
• She kept hiking, even after running into barbed wire.
• The barbed wire mishap resulted in 48 stitches to her abdomen
• Her abdomen is also the region where she injects herself with insulin
• The insulin is required because she has Type 1 diabetes
• The Type 1 diabetes did not stop her from hiking all 2,184 miles of the AT
• Neither did the barbed wire, or the staph, or getting charged by a bull, or…
And did I mention that she hiked virtually barefoot through Maine because her diabetes created footwear issues? Or that, even when she tested her glucose level for the umpteenth time in one day, as pictured here, she never stopped smiling?
Or laughing…like when someone fell victim to her whoopie cushion, or one of her other trail gags?
Oh,wait. I think she cried when a doctor suggested, around the time of the staph infection on both her feet, or maybe it was the 48 stitches on her abdomen, that she ought to quit the AT.
Obviously, she didn’t take his advice. She was an obstinate teenager back then, until she turned 20 in Hot Springs.
Tomorrow, Littlefoot will travel home to southern Maine/northern NH. I think she starts back at work in a couple days. Can’t wait to catch up with her, having missed seeing her in Tennessee and NC, and missing her summit in GA.
Congratulations, Littlefoot. You’re an inspiration to teenage girls, folks with diabetes, staph sufferers, bull runners, and Appalachian Trail hikers everywhere.
Indie writer Meg Wilson is the author of Mourning Dove and Crappy New Year. She’s currently working on Wander Women, the true tale of a group of thru-hiking superwomen who spent last season on the A.T. Check out her blog here. And thanks for sharing with the Sasquatch, Meg!
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