Green Shoots of Recovery...

I managed to get back out on my mountain bike this weekend for the first time since the devastating fires that raged over 200 hectares of Swinley Forest a few weeks ago. The trails where we normally go to ride were mostly unaffected but, curious to see for myself, I ventured further over towards Crowthorne where a lot of the damage had been done.

What surprised me most was the way that new ferns and wild grasses had already started to grow back, poking through the blackened earth. It was an encouraging sight to see with obvious relevance to the recent economical climate and reflected in my own personal circumstances.

As some of you know my wife Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer last August and since then has undergone a long course of chemo and radiotherapy. Fortunately she had her last radiotherapy session last week so now she can fully recover and get back to normal, knowing our lives won't be ruled by hospital appointments and long uncomfortable periods suffering the various side effects these treatment have. The most obvious, from an onlookers point of view, is her hair slowly but surely starting to grow back too.

Needless to say we've experienced many tough emotions during this period, both as a family and as individuals but like to think we've all come out of it with positive thoughts for the future.

Nature is a wonderful thing, lets hope we can follow suit and all prosper out of adversity.

Here are a couple pics from my iPhone of the recovery at Swinley Forest (Helen said she'd rather wait till she's got a bit more coverage before I show her shoots of recovery...)





Anna Figiel

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I hope Helen has continued to flourish during the Summer, John. Best wishes to you and your family. Anna

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John Cassidy

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Thanks everyone, next thing for all of us is a long overdue family holiday...

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Dave Clarke

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Nature is a wonderful thing, lets hope we can follow suit and all prosper out of adversity. Thanks for the update, John. May you and yours indeed now prosper. Dave Clarke offline business networking | business networking events | business networking tips

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Shelley Fishel

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John Wonderful to see your pictures of the forest and to hear that Helen is finally done with treatment. Wishing you all the very best for now and the future. Shelley Shelley Fishel The Training Surgery Limited Gold Accredited Training Provider with The Institute of IT Training www.thetrainingsurgery.co.uk Follow me on twitter @shelleyfishel

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Russell Davison

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Glad to hear the good news and I trust that all continues to be well. These terrible events affect both good people and others, without discrimination. It can easily make you lose your faith. These devastating moments in our lives show us just how mortal we are. They also put other events like inflation, sales targets, email and mobile technology into perspective. I love the true greenness of the re-born ferns in your photographs. It's the same beautiful green that you see in the garden after the heaviest rainfall. The green of new life in your photos looks even more significant against the background of the decaying past. Kind regards Russell Davison russell-davison.com

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Carolyn Williams

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Nature is all powerful John. I am so pleased to read about your wife's recovery and the shoot piccies are Mega! Keep them coming and your bike rides!! :) Sparkle Wednesday! C:)x www.cardiffboardroom.co.uk www.lifestyle-online.co.uk

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John Cassidy

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Thanks all for the likes and messages of support

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Lisa Bakker

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What a wonderful parallel John..... Nature has something nobody has yet discovered how it works the self healing properties/abilities it's amazing how life's energies have such a hidden reservoir of survival energy Wishing you and your wife that reservoir of hidden energies to pull you through ...back into blossoming life again Lutsaluv Lisa

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Georgina Lester

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At last! So good to hear that Helen has finished her treatment. I know that it has been a tough path to walk along so I should imagine that the shoots of recovery are an incredibly welcome sight. I hope that you did you get that bottle of champagne to celebrate after all!! I think that you have been amazing throughout this whole journey - all of you. I loved hearing how you talked to your daughter about what was going on. She sounds utterly gorgeous and I should think that you are immensely proud of the way that she has handled the challenging times. Helen sounds like she has been amazing too and it must be an immense relief to you all to feel that you can celebrate the best of life's treasures without any more hindrances.

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Terence Harding

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Bravo! Best wishes, Terence

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