Time to get active..

Relatively few people knew that governments were meeting in Warsaw recently to work on the global climate agreement, due for sign-off in Paris in December 2015.  Exasperated environmental NGOs walked out of the meeting and the head of the Philippines delegation, Yeb Sano resorted to fasting to make his point that the Haiyan Typhoon devastation was caused by changing climate.  Even still there was an almighty struggle to keep negotiations on track, with governments retreating from the idea of commitments to softer wording around contributions.  On track maybe, but governments are not yet imbued with the determination to make you confident the final agreement will bring down increasing carbon emissions.

Given that I’m now a granny, my stake in the future has just shot out to around 2090..  I have a very direct interest in there being a successful agreement and liked the parting Warsaw message from Ida Auken, Denmark’s minister for the environment: “We want to make sure that those who come after us will also be able to enjoy the same wonders of life that we have … don’t forget to show people that you fight not because you deny life but exactly because you love it”.

Quite so..  get on the case of your local MP!


It’s 9 months since my hernia operation and this diary has languished because I’ve been busy re-engaging with the world.

I started writing it as the easiest and most unobtrusive way to keep friends, family and workmates informed of my progress through cancer treatment in 2012.  Thanks to everyone who posted comments to my postings, I didn’t expect the boost they gave me.  The diary was a great experience and I recommend it to anyone going through a prolonged illness, not least as a way to avoid the exhaustion of repeated explanations of what’s going on!

Now I’m moving on, I’ve decided to keep the 2012-early2013 postings password protected as they were flooding the internet with images which I’d rather didn’t persist.  I’m not just about having cancer!  A few people have asked if they can share the account with people facing cancer treatment and I’m delighted to help in this way.   So feel free to access the postings, using password: Tree33

a short account of having cancer

In summary, I had a full hysterectomy on 2nd April 2012, when cancers in my uterus, left ovary and two lymph nodes were also removed.  Chemo started on 10th May and the last was on 23rd August.  I then had a six week break before the radiotherapy started in early October, and I was through it by the end of November.  Unfortunately I developed an umbilical hernia and had to wait until early March 2013 for this to be treated.  Following this, I was given the ‘all clear’ and have been thriving ever since!