Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

What a Girl

on November 14, 2013

Wow! What a week for Pippa! What a happy, strong and determined girl she is. The smile is permanently planted on her face.

Pippa’s not able to have chemo so we’re waiting again to see what happens next week, but at the moment, who cares???? She’s happy, seems as fit as a fiddle, is at school and when told she had to go back to the Royal Children’s Hospital next Monday she as quick as a flash told her doctor, “Oh no, not me, I’ll be on school camp!” It’s Pippa’s first ever school camp and there is no way she is going to miss it. I already knew that if chemo clashed with it I would be packing it up and taking it along and just dealing with what would happen. I’m slightly glad I don’t have the stress of having to do that! A little bit of negotiation with her doctor and me and Pippa agreed to us driving down Wednesday morning not missing out on one minute of camp because of some silly old tumour in her brain!

Next, I had the pleasure of telling Pippa she is off to see Taylor Swift when she plays in Melbourne in December! We were in the waiting room for the eye specialist and she couldn’t contain her excitement! The smile is still on her face and she mentioned it to no one at school until she could share it at show and tell today! Big news!!!

Who's happy to be going to see Taylor Swift???

Who’s happy to be going to see Taylor Swift???

Then tonight she surpassed all my expectations yet again. Truly an incredible and inspiring little girl! James is currently studying the Great Barrier Reef and its threats. I showed him the website www.fightforthereef.org.au. I suggested to Pippa that she have a look at it as well and that there is a section on the website where she might like to share her story to save and protect the Great Barrier Reef. Pippa quietly sat on the couch and wrote this all by herself:

My Reef Story – Save the Great Barrier Reef

Dear Federal Goverment, I have been on a trip to the Great Barrier Reef recently. I would really hope that you don’t destroy it because I would really like other children to go. I hope that it doesn’t get destroy because it’s an amazing adventure and experience for everyone. I’ve got a fair few reasons and they are

1. The reef is a beautiful place
2. The GBR is very colourful and calm
3.you’ll destroy all the animals territory’s
4.you’ll defiantly destroy the hearts of people
And that’s all the reasons. So please don’t hurt and harm the fish,turtles,reef sharks. I don’t want you to particularly harm or hurt the anemones or coral. Cause I don’t know if you know but I do. Anemones and coral are never able to move ever they always stay in the same spot. I’m nine and nine months old and I know that everyone has a dream. Even all the poor people have a dream. Some of them might have a dream to see the Great Barrier Reef and by the time they’ve got enough money to go and see it you would have already destroyed it. But you’re not just hurting the animals but ruining everyone’s dreams. I hope you’re feeling great what you’re doing. I know I’m not feeling great and I defiantly think that others are horrified,disappointed,sad,destroyed, hurt and much more emotional terrible feelings. Don’t Hurt The Reef. I love the reef and you should love it as much as I do. From Pippa Rea
I’ve got a blog if you’re interested it is http://www.pipparea.wordpress.com

Pippa has again blown me away while simultaneously bringing tears to my eyes.

Sometimes I find myself thinking that if Pippa didn’t have this awful tumour in her brain there would be so much I wouldn’t know about my little family.

7 responses to “What a Girl

  1. Amanda (Manz) says:

    Beautiful story Gin! Gorgeous girl!
    Love Manz xxxxoooo

  2. Narelle Hill says:

    Just as Pippa continues to amaze & inspire us all, you do too Virginia!
    Enjoy camp Pippa! Xx

  3. Joy Mitchell says:

    She is amazing ! But so is her mum!! Pippa is a gift to us all, sent here to open our eyes to what’s important! Hope she has an awesome first camp. Look forward to hearing about it xx

  4. Sandra Rowbottom says:

    What an amazingly brave, inspirational young lady you are, Pippa … We are so glad we got to share a little bit of time with you , when your wish was granted and had came with all your family on a trip to the Reef. I love your heartfelt plea to the Federal Govt … Let’s hope your story will inspire them to look after the reef, and not destroy it.

    Love and kisses , to the bravest girl on the world, Mo, Jason and India xxx

    Ps. India was made Junior School Captain for 2014, this week. We are very proud of her and India cannot believe it ! She had to give a speech to the whole school and say why the teachers and students should vote for her to be their School Captain … And then an interview with the Headmistress and Deputy Principal. Pretty nerve wracking ! Xxx

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Sam Jackson says:

    Beautiful writing by both of you! I hope Pippa has a wonderful time at camp. Huge hugs. xxx

  6. Vicki Eddey says:

    You are truly remarkable pippa. Have a fab time on camp, go girl. Vx

  7. Joel says:

    Looks like you will have the best weather on Monday and Tuesday for camp! Wednesday the weather is turning COLD! Have a great time. I love your glasses, they are very groovy! Have a fab time on camp.
    I totally agree with your letter. I’ve never been there but we would love to take our Oscar there one day when he is older. I hope you sent it. Always great to see your beautiful smiling face. Keep up the great work!

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