Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

Taylor Swift

on December 15, 2013

When I was very first pregnant with James 14 years ago I was told by a friend your children will take you to your highest highs and your lowest lows but they are the most wonderful thing that will ever happen to you.  I had no idea how extreme these highs and lows would be and how right he was.

Yesterday was a highly anticipated day as we were going to the Taylor Swift ‘Red’ Concert and Pippa was a lucky girl; one of four little girls chosen by Challenge to meet Taylor.

A red dress and a red flower hairpiece were arranged.  A little bracelet was made by a friend as a gift – one for Pippa and one for Taylor.  An autograph book and pen were on hand. All was set, what a day it was going to be!

We woke in the morning to a bit of blood smeared across Pippa’s face and a slight blood nose – James wondered if Pippa was perhaps going a little too far with the Red theme!

We drove to the RCH with ice and tissues.  Blood tests were done and an emergency blood platelet transfusion was ordered.  Pippa was not pale and lethargic, she was literally running around the hospital whilst we were waiting.  The nurses and doctors knew about the date with Taylor and explained to Pippa she needed to have safe blood to be able to meet her.  

Plans were changed and we got ready for the concert in the emergency department.  There was a point were I didn’t know if we would make it in time and if we would would still be able to meet her.  Challenge were so supportive and communicated everything with Taylor’s management to please still let Pippa come to meet her

The hospital rushed through the transfusion to as fast as it could go.  We were late but Taylor waited for Pippa and what a beautiful time it was.  Special cuddles with a world superstar.  Taylor told Pippa how gorgeous she looked in her dress and how pretty the yellow strap on the bracelet was (Pippa’s new favourite colour).  Pippa was so happy.  I, on the other hand, was still pulling myself together just from getting there and wondering how much can one mother bear?

The concert was an amazing spectacle and every song was sung along to.  Taylor has been on this journey with us from the start.  Her songs have been sung through the highs and the lows.  She can get rid of  nausea and now also is capable of making blood transfusions bearable.

What concert, what a superstar, what a girl….peaks and troughs; what a day!

14 responses to “Taylor Swift

  1. Narelle says:

    Such a beautiful experience for Pippa! What a tough day for Virginia!

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  2. Carolyn Blackman says:

    What a great reason to not see you last night! What an amazing thing to have that experience and meet Taylor herself!!


    So sorry to hear about the bleeds though! Must all be overwhelming and confusing.

    Much love

    Carolyn, Jobe, coen and yarra

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  3. linda britton says:

    Wow, I’m so glad you all made it to Taylor ,and you all had such a great time and you both looked fantastic.

  4. Martina says:

    Wow what a special day, Pippa you look so beautiful, red suits you so much! Great work Virginia 🌟🌟

  5. Cathy says:

    So is that why Taylor came on so late? Thats ok then – at least she had a VERY GOOD reason. Sounds so exciting Pippa. Lucy was there but nowhere near Taylor.

  6. Wow what a day/night! Peaks and troughs indeed, but you both are looking so beautiful, Taylor would have been star struck to meet you! What amazing photos to have, well done Gin, you truly are mother of the year! Xxxxx

  7. Catherine , Flynn Lila and your new little friend Lottie says:

    OMG WOW 🎉🎉WE are SO SO happy for you! Pippa you looked beautiful -as always!

  8. Goldie Goldstraw says:

    Oh wow! What a day. I had tears reading this Ginny. Sometimes we find out that Superstars are special for other reasons than just being talented and famous. I am so glad that one special lady got to make another very special young lady feel so special and happy on the day. Love to you all and hang in there kiddo.

  9. Adriano sirgiovanni says:

    Little princess , good morning,I just had a moment , to scroll, your beautifull photos , what a lovely🎉🎅💐🎂🍰🎊🎊🎊🍰🎆🎄🐩photos,I am sure st Nicholas 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅will bring a lot of presents from far away places, , wishing you your lovely brothers a WANDERFULL day ciao ciao🎃🎋🎉🎉🎈🎄🎏

  10. Joy Mitchell says:

    Wow what a day! Virginia, you are amazing! And Pippa, I’m so glad you got to meet Taylor and you did look just beautiful! My daughter likes Taylor too and it’s so nice to hear that even though she is a superstar she understands that sometimes life can just make you late and you were worth waiting for! Awesome! Joy xo

  11. Sandra Rowbottom says:

    Your blog brings tears to my eyes, at the highs and lows and expected and unexpected emergencies you are faced with … And through it all, Pippa remains an inspiration , in the courageous way she is facing this battle and always with a smile and full of beans. Whilst you remain strong for your whole family, what wonderful sons you have, being strong and supportive of their little sister and understanding that she needs 110% of your attention. Thinking of you all, my heart goes out to you, sending you all our love and Xmas xxx’s, Mo, Jason and India xxx Great photos and Pippa, you look beautiful ! Xxx

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  12. Joel says:

    Wow! Im with James, no need to take the theme so literally! lol. What an amazing experience for amazing girls. Hope you enjoyed every minute of the concert, it looks like you did. Think I’ll have to get one of her CD’s now because she seems like an amazing girl too. Have a fantastic Christmas all of you and I hope Santa (the big Red fella) finds you all well and showers you all with presents. Heres to an amazing 2014 to you all, full of fun, laughter, love, family, friends and most importantly good health!!! Enjoy those school holidays!

  13. Amanda says:

    Gorgeous photos Gin! What an action packed day! Love Manz x

  14. Jacquie says:

    Wow an amazing day and topped with what you deserve. So special and memorable. What a pressured day of mixed emotions. Glad the day ended with smiles! Three amazing ladies hey!

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