Bartlett has lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 18 years and has set her goal to collect $100,000 to donate to diabetes research.
Walking in excess of than 35 kilometres most days, the Sturt wicketkeeper-batter has now surpassed the 3500km mark.
Since beginning her journey in Italy at the start of April, Bartlett’s trek has not been without its challenges.
The determined 26-year-old revealed via social media on Wednesday that $1000 was stolen from her bank account to purchase goods online – an especially harrowing thought for someone who has taken a six-month unpaid leave of absence.
Inclement weather, dangerous terrain, boredom and spiking blood glucose levels have been just some of the other challenging conditions that Bartlett has battled through.
The official guide for this track quoted “impossible after heavy rain”.— Eliza Bartlett (@ElizaBart) May 19, 2019
Obviously the writers didn’t like getting a little wet & muddy 😬
Today was tough, muddy, wet & full of challenges. I waded through rivers, was ankle deep in mud. Still smiling! 😊✌🏼#4000kmwalkforjdrf #day49 pic.twitter.com/T7tFDy4wr2
“Undertaking this walk has certainly given me plenty of challenges from having type one (diabetes),” Bartlett shared on Instagram.
“There have been times I have been extremely nauseous, dehydrated and fatigued from high blood sugars and then times I’ve had to immediately stop to treat dangerous low blood sugars.
“I will never stop fighting to raise awareness and money until we can improve this fight with better treatments and technology and hopefully see the day that we can be cured of this diagnosis!”
Beginning in Brindisi, Bartlett trekked through Italy, Switzerland and France and is now in England where she enjoyed a few days of rest, watching Australia’s Ashes Test match win at Edgbaston.
Bartlett's parents met her in France during June to replenish supplies and provide encouragement and support.
After finishing walking yesterday, it was great to spend the afternoon and night celebrating my mums birthday! No better way than wine tasting and an amazing French dinner! A great change to constant walking! #4000kmWalkForJDRF pic.twitter.com/YW5J3cWNYE— Eliza Bartlett (@ElizaBart) June 17, 2019
Having already raised just over $46,000, a recent generous $1000 donation from the London Swans - an Australian Rules Football club based in England - boosted her further toward her target.
Bartlett plans to complete her walk in Scotland in September, before returning to Australia ahead of cricket season.