|UN Side-meeting room|
But for a long time I've been in awe that the United Nations stands here and all the 'brightest' minds of all the governments of member nations are invited to come and discuss, make plans and make the world a better place. No matter how cleshay that sounds, or your opinion of whether this forum works, I am at least grateful that it exists. It is a definite move in the right direction I think!
So when I went for my very first meeting, invited by a friend who works for the American Cancer Society, I was in a place I dreamed of being ever since deciding to get my International Relations MA.
Dream come true.
|The UK seat is closer to the front over to the left!|
I sat at the seats with the headphones and microphones, couldn't resist! And even though I tried to have some humility, sitting at the back, I couldn't help eye the United Kingdom seat, which I'm sure my ex-colleagues at the Department for International Development probably sat!
|put on the headset and choose any language you like|
I heard a woman talk about her cancer, Clover Allen Wilson from Jamaica, who spoke of her health insurance giving her a cheque for 1m dollars, whilst her treatment cost up to 4m. She had her husband leave for another woman whilst undergoing chemotherapy and her health insurance stopped. She had to remortgage her home and borrow from relatives, trying to decide what little money was left on groceries or on the bills. She has had Cancer four times and is currently in stage four.
It moved the room to a standing ovation and not many dry eyes in the very full room.
|Standing ovation for Clover, sitting next to the first lady of Malawi|
Right now, I think of my Dad who had Diabetes, and how this complicated his recovery from an infection after a hip operation, which took his life just a few weeks ago, and that I didn't get to see him.
Also of my very close friends whose mum had Leukemia and has now been in remission for over a year.
I'm so grateful for the NHS, getting cancer, lung disease, diabetes or heart disease in the UK we will get treatment, that wont leave us bankrupt, and counseling for us and those that care for us and the ones we love.
The UN meetings and all that they stand for is positive and intended for change for the better, for everyone, that's a pretty fantastic thing going on in New York everyday in my opinion! What do you think? have you been affected? any inspiring stories?