Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

Happy 10th Birthday

on February 13, 2014

Happy 10th birthday Pippa.

Last night wasn’t so flash; first night of the chemo cycle and you were writhing in pain. A pain that grabs your belly and moves up the left side of your neck – I don’t know why that is. The belly pain is understandable but this not the first time you have the neck pain with it. I’m just not sure about that. Maybe last cycle I was wrong? Perhaps the first night on treatment is always going to be rough and nights 2-5 will settle down a bit. Last night was hard. I was tired after driving home, I forgot about you having an empty stomach before we started and everyone was vying for my attention. We missed the timing a bit (due to the empty stomach forgetfulness) and things were pretty awful. I wasn’t going to let you fight it curled up in my bed. I helped you with pain relief so you could fall asleep. After all, you are still battling with a cough as we’ll. It’s the first time I’ve used pain relief for you but your body seemed tiny compares to the pain. I needed to help you and holding you in my arms while we sang wasn’t enough last night. You slept well then ready to wake fresh this morning for your birthday.

Because of your strict diet this week you weren’t able to take your favourite mini mud cakes in to school for your birthday. Instead I made yellow meringues. Yellow is by far the favourite colour now! (with fluro green coming a close second) Β Happy, bright, smiling, sunshine yellow. That did the trick and ticked the tummy-friendly boxes! A dairy free chocolate cake and sorbet worked a treat after dinner for birthday dessert tonight as we’ll. treatment or no treatment, a girl has to have cake and candles on her birthday! Presents and loads of messages for your birthday along with a trip out to the field days so you didn’t miss seeing Tony and Nan meant that it was a pretty good day. Β And don’t forget about your gorgeous brothers giving your cuddles, sitting beside you in bed while your opened your presents and just loving you so much.

You were very tired though. I managed the routine better tonight and you were better too. The house was calm, you fell asleep during your massage and you were in bed within the two hour window before that awful pain had a chance to come. Maybe it is a first night thing when those drugs first hit your body at the beginning of each cycle? I’m not sure. I will have to wait and see next time.

For now though, happy birthday, Princess Pippa. I know you will read this; you quite often scroll through this blog on your iPad. I think it is helping you cope with all the changes we are going through. Having the words to read and the pictures to look at helps you understand what has happened and process it all without being scared.

Happy Birthday to You. Β It is lovely every day to see your beautiful smile spread across your face.


A new bike instead of James’ slightly too big hand-me-down


Yellow meringues to share with classmates and teachers


Happy 10th Birthday Pippa

16 responses to “Happy 10th Birthday

  1. kerri bilson says:

    Happy Birthday Pippa.
    I was saddened to read that you were suffering in pain last night. I am so sorry. It’s just not fair.
    I think the Yellow meringues would have been very popular at school and I’m sure they tasted yummy as your mum is a wonderful cook.
    I am praying you sleep well tonight Virginia. I can tell from your post that you are very tired at the moment.
    xxx Kerri Bilson

  2. Cara Chisholm says:

    Wishing you a very happy birthday pippa. Xx

  3. Sandra Rowbottom says:

    Oh Ginny, My heart goes out to you and brave little Pippa and her strong and brave big brothers … You are on the biggest roller coaster ride of your lives. I am in awe of you all. Thinking about you all the time and sending you much love, Mo xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. kathy lochead says:

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday dear Pippa
    Happy Birthday to you.

    I will expect you to sing along with this just as we have done, from a very wet and cold England.

    You and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers, and hope you have a really lovely day.

    It is always lovely to hear from your mum with an update of your treatment and what you are all getting up to. It sounds as though you had one lovely day.

    Love, hugs and kisses

    Tony and Kathy xxxπŸ‘„πŸ‘„πŸ‘„πŸ‘„

    Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:58:30 +0000
    To: kathy.lochead@hotmail.co.uk

  5. Natasha Hogan says:

    Happy Birthday Pippa – double figures – yippee!! What a trooper you are and your beautiful Mum! I will have a champers for you tonight!! love Tasha and all the Hogan’s

  6. Nicola says:

    Happy Birthday Pippa … and I trust those beautiful yellow meringues taste amazing. Hope to catch up with you girls soon – perhaps with a drive to Port Fairy in the Buick!! xxx

  7. Sam Jackson says:

    Happy Birthday gorgeous Pippa! You are always in our thoughts and in our hearts. Love and hugs, Sam, Tom and Luke xxx

  8. Pam Rogers says:

    Happy Birthday hope you have a great day love Pam Ewan and Tarny

  9. Lisa Cross says:

    Happy Birthday Pippa ❀ Love and hugs to you all,
    Lisa xxxooo

  10. Joy Mitchell says:

    So glad we got to see you for your birthday Pippa! And your new bike looks fantastic. Glad to hear you had a better night last night. Hope your weekend is great. Enjoy that bike!! Happy birthday to you!!!

    Joy xxπŸ˜ƒπŸŽ‰

  11. Happy birthday Pippa, 10 years old!! Wow. I’m so sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well on your birthday but I hope the next few days are more bearable. You are an amazing and beautiful 10 year old girl with an amazing family who loves you to the moon and back. Big hugs KP, Adrian, James and Benny xxxooo πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸ˜˜

  12. Jill says:

    Happy 10th birthday Pippa! We don’t know each other but I often think about you and your amazing family. Your yellow meringues looked very yummy! πŸ™‚

  13. Sue says:

    Happy birthday beautiful Pippa.
    Love Sue, Sophie and Jess

  14. Christine Harris says:

    Happy birthday gorgeous girl!

  15. Goldie Goldstraw says:

    Happy birthday darling girl. Love Goldie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. Jacquie says:

    Glad you awoke to a new pain free day for your birthday pippa. Yes I’m sure those meringues would have been inhaled by the class! Hope your loving the bike. Bike, meringues, cake, friends and family. The best presents ever!!

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