Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

The Strongest, Kindest, Most Beautiful Woman I Know

on July 18, 2013

My name is Libby.  I am Virginia’s cousin and darling Pippa’s Godmother.
  Over the years Gin and I have shared many wonderful times and helped each other through some difficult situations. She is like a sister to me and Pippa; another daughter.  
I have William and Claudia, who adore their ‘cousins’ – the lovely James, Patrick and Pippa.

I have the complete and utter privilege to be part of the journey that this beautiful family have embarked upon.  
I have been in family meetings, Dr’s appointments, social worker appointments, Ronald McDonald House, MRI machines, at Peter Mac, in hospital rooms, cafeterias, and the list goes on…

In the midst of all of the chaos, quiet, sadness, laughter, confusion and love is the most incredible person I know.
  Virginia Rea.
  She has taken on the most difficult task any mother has had to face with grace and beauty.  
Her children come first and foremost. Her explanations are delivered with patience and kindness. Pippa is handled with love, care and most importantly, respect.

All of Virginia’s decisions are made with attention to detail, thought and consideration for others.  
Her openness and generosity of spirit and genuine care of other people is extraordinary.
  She has fought many battles on her own and won; the biggest to date being the wonderful parent she is.

I ask all of her friends, her family and anyone reading this to please take some time out of your day to raise a glass to this amazing, resilient, beautiful woman.
 She will fight this battle along side of Pippa, with strength, dignity, wisdom and love and she won’t stop until she gets the result she wants.

27 responses to “The Strongest, Kindest, Most Beautiful Woman I Know

  1. Gail says:

    that was the most beautifully written piece.
    She is very lucky to have such wonderful people in her life like you.
    People that don’t even know them are praying for them and wishing them
    all the best. xx Gail and Guy

  2. Cathy says:

    What can I say but ‘here, here’!!!! (And very well said Libby)

  3. Lib you could not have worded that any better, such amazing words for such an amazing woman. I’m so proud of both your strength and support for each other. Xxxxoooo

  4. Armelle says:

    Dear Libby, how beautifully expressed.
    Virginia is extraordinary and this can easily be seen by how marvellously Pippa, James and Patrick are coping with this chaotic situation.
    I say it again with a tear in my eye…I am so, so glad you are there for her. Her rock.
    I raise my glass.
    X kylie

  5. Virginia O'Malley says:

    Libby, so beautifully written and every word so true. So pleased you are there to hold her hand and give them all the hugs, cuddles & support they so well deserve. Lots and lots of love to you all…Regards Virginia, Gary and Kate xxxxxxxxxxxx

  6. Jill says:

    What a beautiful tribute!

  7. Christine says:

    Thoughts, prays and all the love in the word help Pippa and her loving family during this period. You are never alone

  8. Christine says:

    Thoughts, prays and all the love in the world help Pippa and her loving family during this period. You are never alone. Cheers

  9. Alecia says:

    I awoke this morning to this most beautiful message-. Our prayers for all continue. I raise my glass to all- including you Libby and her amazing family. Cheers

  10. Cathy says:

    Truer words were never spoken. Virginia you are one of the people I most admire – your patience, kindness, beautiful parenting, your resilience, your courage, your calmness…all that you have dealt with over the years… And come through so amazingly- with 3 gorgeous, well balanced, children to show for it. Hang in there!
    No wonder you have so many friends wanting to help and support you. There is an army behind you.
    We are there for you- and will do whatever we can.
    All my love to you all
    Cathy xxoo

  11. Joanne says:

    Our thoughts & payers are with you all, what amazing family support you all are for one another, stay positive, take 1 day at a time & just remember you will never be alone on this difficult journey. Just a beautiful tribute.

  12. sam robinson says:

    Libby, what a beautiful, loving, emotional and from the heart message. Pippa is so lucky to have two such amazing, strong, caring and fiercly protective people fighting alongside of her. Patrick and James could not want for better support from you, claudia and Will. Please know that everyone who knows you and Virginia are here for you in any way possible. through flowing tears, i raise my glass xxxxxxxx

  13. Brydie says:

    Libby well said and you covered it all. Virginia is one in million. Libby you to are also to be commended for all of the love and support that you are providing to Virginia and the kids a tough time for all. Well done. Brydie x

  14. Jacquie says:

    So so lovely and true. But you sound like your a pretty amazing person too Libby. So nice for all to have you and really to have each other! It’s very comforting having you so near. Well done. And yes Ching Ching to you all!!!

  15. Narelle Allen says:

    Libby, no wonder you were chosen as Pippa’s Godmother. Well spoken, and I will definitely raise my glass to Virginia in recognition of the way she has handled herself and her role as a mother during this tough time. Well done to you and welll done to Virginia. Nellie

  16. jassicunn says:

    Wow! Reading that with tears rolling downy my face! Libby how beautiful! She is amazing. Easily the most courageous woman I have met. I am privileged to know such a special special person. Yes Virginia you are amazing! – Jas

  17. Sue Rice says:

    Beautiful words Libby for a beautiful person Virginia. I am lucky to count her as a friend.
    With all my love and support, Sue x

  18. Sam Robinson says:

    Libby what an amazing piece of writing, written with such love, warmth, admiration, strength and honesty. Pippa is such a lucky girl to have two such strong, determined, caring, positive and loving people alongside her on this journey. Know that everyone is here to help, support, pray, love and share the emotions along the way with you all. With tears rolling down my checks, i raise my glass.

  19. martina says:

    beautifully expressed
    here, here!

  20. Jan Simpson says:

    What an exquisite and moving tribute. So well-deserved, Virginia!
    And so beautifully written, Libby.

  21. Anne says:

    Dearest Libby – I have just read your beautiful tribute to my wonderful Virginia. I have watched the way you have supported her and have had the greatest admiration for your dedication and kindness. I wish I could take all the heartache from Virginia and you (also a wonderful Mum), and carry Pippa through the journey she is facing, but all I can do is say thankyou to you (and Susie) and to all those whose messages of support will be treasured throughout the days ahead of us all.

  22. Sue-Ellen says:

    Thank you Libby well said. Please give Ginny a hug for us xxx

  23. Lovely and loving words from one amazing woman to another amazing woman. Its beautiful that Pippa is surrounded by such enormous love and support xx ps big hugs doolas xx

  24. Carmen says:

    Very well said!
    300 cheers to the amazing Virginia!!
    Carmen Xx

  25. Taylor Williams says:


    So sorry to hear about pippa, if there is anything I can do just let me know whether the boys need to be looked after or you need someone to talk to, though I’m sure everyone has offered.

    If anyone can pull through it pippa can. She’s one of the most detieman girls I know, always trying to go to bed the same time as Patrick and James. Best wishes Virginia.

    Give pip a hug and a kiss for me.
    Lots of love Taylor xxxxxxxx

  26. jackie says:

    I will drink to that. What amazing words from also an amazing person [KP talks about you all the time] and even though I have never met you or virginia I feel like I know you through KP. We are all in the background of this journey with you, Pippa, Virginia and all those who have been touched by this gorgeous brave little girl! Sending strength and love to you all! xx Jackie

  27. Richelle says:

    Beautifully said Lib xxxx

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