Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

There’s a Monkey in Pippa’s Chair!

Recently Pippa’s teacher and I were searching for resources to assist not only Pippa and her teacher, but also her class and school community when necessary.  Among other information and support, we came across a program called Monkey in My Chair.   A phone call to the organisation Missing School resulted in  a connection to the Cure Starts Now who manage and distribute the Monkeys in Australia.

Pippa’s Monkey (aptly named, Monkey) arrived yesterday complete with his back pack full of extra information and ideas, a picture story book to explain his purpose and a “Monkey Junior” to stay at home and go to hospital with Pippa.  We thought before rushing into things it would be best to make sure that Pippa and Monkey got along.  His arrival was perfectly timed to test out his dancing skills………..

After passing that with flying (dancing) colours there was no doubt that he would easily slot into class so off he went to school today for his introduction to the rest of D4 and his first day at school.

Apparently, Monkey likes to sit very still in class, is a great listener and his long arms and legs are perfect for giving hugs.

Monkey will get straight to work and sit in Pippa’s chair while she is away Thursday to watch Patrick and his St Joseph’s team mates play in the State Football finals and then again on Friday when Pippa is in hospital for some surgery on her eye to tighten and loosen the muscles.  The aim of the eye surgery is to hopefully give her some single  vision (instead of always seeing double) by tightening and loosening the eye muscles.

Lets hope Monkey doesn’t monkey around in her chair while she’s away and get up to mischief!



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