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Climb complete: NHRMC nurse scales mountain

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Thea Nunez, a mother of two and diabetic, can now say she's successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. (Source: Thea Nunez) Thea Nunez, a mother of two and diabetic, can now say she's successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. (Source: Thea Nunez)
On the way up (Source: Thea Nunez) On the way up (Source: Thea Nunez)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Thea Nunez, a mother of two and diabetic, can now say she's successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

"The trip was awesome. It was amazing, phenomenal, but very challenging for sure," Nunez said.

Nunez, a nurse at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, trained for months before the climb.

"It was really, really a challenging process. I mean it was like being in boot camp, it was like the army," Nunez stated.

She joined a small group of mountain climbers who share her disease. Together their goal was to climb to the top of the mountain and raise money to fight juvenile diabetes.

"Diabetes doesn't stop you from doing anything. You just have to be a little more careful than the general population," Nunez said.

As a diabetic, she admits the trip wasn't always so smooth.

"With altitude came a lot of insulin resistance which means our blood sugars would get pretty high so we had to tweak it, tweak our insulin and tweak the way we were eating," Nunez explained.

One thing that wasn't tweaked was Nunez's spirit. After days of climbing, she reached the top of the mountain. After the trip one of her biggest fans was waiting to greet her back home.

"I was happy and I was happy again because she had a bag of skittles for me," said Nunez's 8-year-old son Noah.

Nunez said her climbing career will not be over now.

"I'm excited for the next adventure and I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm thinking maybe Peru," the mother said.

Nunez said she raised $6,500 climbing to the top of the mountain.

She said 20 percent of that money went towards the trip and the rest went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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