Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

12 Months with a Lump

on June 27, 2014

Yesterday was 12 months since an aggressive, inoperable lump was found growing inside Pippa’s brainstem.  The ball started rolling and the domino started falling; fast……..

12 months later and I cannot believe the journey we are on is real.

People say to me, “I can’t imagine what you are going through.” My answer is always the same, “Neither can I.”

It is not something you can ever imagine. It is not something you can ever comprehend. It is what it is and you simply do the best you can. You enter a state of just being. Your perspective on everything changes. You become calmer yet you are more on edge. You learn patience yet you worry incessantly. You live each day in the day and for the day taking the day as it comes  and dealing with it then not knowing or thinking about what lies ahead.

12 months on and these are some things I have come to know………..

I know our oncologist is one of the best in the world at what he does and I am indebted to him for his persistence and doggedness 12 months ago

I know we have come a long way

I know we have achieved amazing feats

I know we have a long uncharted road still ahead of us

I know that statistics are irrelevant

I know radiation and chemotherapy are horrible but necessary to help fight the fight

I know I will never get used to handing over chemotherapy drugs to my daughter

I know that love is abundant and you can never be full of love nor can you ever run out of love to give

I know that a little sister can be her brothers’ best friend

Most importantly, I know that Pippa has the most amazing constitution, inner strength and wisdom beyond her years. Her attitude to life, is infectious and her whole approach to the past 12 months is inspiring.




10 responses to “12 Months with a Lump

  1. E says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey, your inner most thoughts. You give strength to others in doing so.

    Love has no boundaries, no words were truer.


  2. Leanne Mugavin says:


    What l know is that Pippa has a amazing mum ! Every post l read confirms that. Thank you for sharing this journey it is a true inspiration to all of us. Best Wishes Leanne Mugavin

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Diane says:

    What a year you all have had, I see where Pippa gets her attitude to life and infectious nature.remember I have known you all your life.Diane

  4. Meredith Shaw says:

    I know you are an amazing person Virginia, I hope I really get to “know” you one day.
    Love and tears for you. Meredith

  5. Alison Wilson says:

    I was actually thinking about this the other day that it had to be around 12 months ago since Pippa’s diagnosis. I will never forget that day at the footy last year. Never could anyone have imagined the news that you were to receive. I am amazed by how well your whole family has dealt with everything. The power of positivity can never be underestimated. You are all so positive, strong, and have a ‘can do’ attitude. This is the best medicine Pippa could ever receive. XO

  6. Emma Crichton says:

    well done to you and all your loved ones x

  7. martina says:

    your strength is amazing … all of you actually – you & Pippa & her brothers & all who support & love you. Thanks for sharing your story & prayers continue for you 🙂

  8. Catherine says:

    Virgina, James, Patrick and stunning little Pippa – 12 months of been so brave, so strong and so so determined – you are all doing an amazing job xx
    Pippa you are just the sweetest💕💕xx

  9. Sandra Rowbottom says:

    Darling Gini,
    I have tears in my eyes reading your beautiful, brave, strong and positive words. You are an amazing Mummy with a truly inspiring brave young lady and the best big brothers in the world !
    Thinking of u all always,
    Mo xxx

  10. Joy Mitchell says:

    All I know is that you, your boys and Pippa are all amazing! It is a privilege to know you all. May you continue to achieve amazing things xxoo

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