Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour

Happy Birthday Pippa

on February 13, 2015

I keep forgetting what Pippa did for her 10th birthday so I looked back on photos……..then I remembered.  It was a sleep over party with 6 friends.  It started off like any normal 10 year old’s birthday but then in the middle of the night things went pear shaped and Pippa ended up with a visit by the doctor and then a hospital admission the next morning.  Not much fun in the end.

The start of last year’s party

Twelve months on, Pippa is now Eleven and despite everything else she is still just like any other ten year old excited in anticipation.  She went to bed with “1 more sleep till my birthday”

One More Sleep

Adding to the  build up, Pippa started receiving a few cards and gifts early including a special delivery of her favourite flowers…….


I have to be truthful and say we are in a place where we never thought we would be.  Never dared dream of being.  Even though things are different and things are hard we wouldn’t swap it for the alternative.  So many people have helped me pull a very challenging birthday together in a short space of time, I am eternally grateful and I hope Pippa has lots of fun.

Mostly though, tonight, I have been taken by Pippa’s wonderful brothers  and the thought and effort they have gone to not only buy her gifts that she can enjoy (and have sooooooo much fun) with each of them, but create a lounge room of colour and fun that she will wake up to………My heart has melted with their energy and exuberance.  I am just so proud of them.

The simple fact that James and Patrick came straight home from school this evening, cancelled their cricket training, organised themselves (including those to ferry them around their shopping lists) and did everything they have done without any input from me (but a little assistance from their hand picked balloon blowing expert) is an incredible indication of their love for their sister.

My divine Pippa is 11 and not even the worst brain tumour in the world was going to prove itself more powerful than her.  Yet again she is bouncing back and having some good days.  I cannot believe her strength and her amazing courage and determination to live the best life she can.

Happy 11th Birthday darling Pippa.

“Girl, You’re Amazing Just the Way You Are”………..Pippa, You Always Have Been and You Always Will Be.

39 responses to “Happy Birthday Pippa

  1. Narelle Hill says:

    What a beautiful post to wake up to on this gorgeous summers morning! You are all amazing!
    Happy Birthday Pippa! I hope you all enjoy celebrating Pippa’s 11th Birthday. Xx

  2. The Hintum Family says:

    Happy 11th birthday amazing Pippa.
    Sebe is really looking forward to this afternoon’s party and feels honoured to be included. Thanks.
    Love from the Hintum Family

  3. Izzy Savery says:

    Happy birthday Pippa, I can’t wait for tonight’s party. I can’t wait to find out what movie we are watching. I wish it was pitch perfect 2 because fat Patricia would make us laugh our heads off :D. I hope you like your room of balloons. I can’t wait to see you, I don’t want to go to school today I just want to go to the party. From izzy.

  4. Carolyn says:

    Happy birthday gorgeous Pip. You are so loved and everyone wishes you the happiest time ever today. James and Patrick, what a great job decorating- amazing! Have a wonderful party Pip – we’ll be thinking about you all day! Yarra, Coen, Joby and Carolyn

  5. Amanda Tolhurst says:

    Happy 11th birthday beautiful Pippa! Xxxooo

  6. Natasha Hogan says:

    Happy Happy – at least 11 times – Birthday Pippa.

  7. Jane, Justin & Jack says:

    Happy Birthday Pippa! 🎉
    We hope you have the best day and enjoy your party. xo

  8. Sue-Ellen says:

    Happy Birthday Pippa! xxxxxxx Have a great day and those decorations look AWESOME! Love you all xxxooo

  9. jackie [KP'S friend] says:

    Happy birthday gorgeous Pippa, have an amazing day! xx

  10. Happy Birthday gorgeous Pippa! What a colourful & sunny day. Love & big hugs to you and your amazing family. xxx

  11. Catherine shaw says:

    Happy 11th birthday Pippa, enjoy your very special day.
    You are AMAZING ! Xxxx
    Love Catherine Matthew Flynn Lila and Lottie

  12. Justine says:

    Dear Pippa,
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday today.
    Im sorry I have not been able to do it in person.
    Thinking of you today…… have fun
    Hope all is well Virginia, thinking of you all
    Justie xxx

  13. HaPpY bIrThDaY Pippa…There is no doubt your are in for one AMAZING day. Those boys have really outdone themselves. It’s your special day gorgeous girl – enjoy !!
    The Bilson Family xxxooo

  14. kathy lochead says:

    Have lots of fun with your family, and friends and a wonderful birthday. (It is still Thursday 12th here, as you are so far in front of us, will be saying happy birthday again tomorrow when it will be the 13th here. ) Lots of love as many friends and family have already said, you are ‘amazing’. Love Tony and Kathy in uk! xxxxxx XX

  15. Kylie says:

    Happy, happy birthday Pippa. Your determination and grace does not cease to amaze us!
    Love, the Gastons

  16. Kath Morley says:

    Happy birthday Pippa
    Have a wonderful day with your beautiful family and friends
    You are all inspirational and enjoy this gorgeous day together.
    Happy 11th birthday.
    Love The Morleys x

  17. Jill Giblin says:

    Happy birthday to this darling , brave little Pippa! I hope that you have a wonderful birthday 😊
    You have an amazing Mum and obviously great brothers who will help to make this day wonderful. The way they have blown up all those pretty balloons and decorated the room is beautiful. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PIPPA! xx

  18. Diane says:

    Have a wonderfull day Pippa and happy,happy birthday. Lots of kisses,11 in fact from Ray and I

  19. the mcnaughton's says:

    Happy birthday beautiful girl. And what wonderful caring thoughtful brothers you have.
    lots of love Lorraine ( the lollipop lady) Leigh, Sharra, Jackson and Charlie Mcnaughton

  20. Johanna says:

    Happy Birthday Princess !!! 💖Lots of Love xxx 💖Johanna

  21. sam robinson says:

    Happy birthday to one tough chick. Enjoy this day to the utmost. Nothing better than spending your birthday surrounded NY those who love you to the moon and back 💙❤🎁👍

  22. J9 says:

    Wishing you an amazing birthday my gorgeous Pippa. Missing my lil girl hugs. Have a great day with those wonderful brothers and your amazing Mum, along with your friends.

  23. E says:

    Love and hugs all the way from the west for your special day Pippa. Happy 11th Birthday Gorgeous Girl! It is going to be an awesome day and after work I am going to have some French vanilla icecream to celebrate you!
    Love from E xox

  24. justyulmann says:

    Happy Birthday Pippa! I am sure it will be the best birthday any 11 year old could ask for xxx

  25. Alison Wilson says:

    Happy 11th birthday Pippa!! A huge milestone. Tonight you will be surrounded by friends and family that are so happy to be there for you, and who love and care for you. I hope you have a very special birthday xxx Patrick and James, your love and care for Pippa is beautiful. You are wonderful brothers. Virginia, enjoy today. Your positivity, belief and persistence has got you here today xxx

  26. Celeste says:

    Wishing you Pippa the happiest of all 11th birthdays. Have a great time at your party with all your special friends. What a fantastic Taylor Swift top you are wearing to bed!! Very cool!!! Xx

  27. Marcia says:

    Hi Pippa wishing you a wonderful birthday surrounded by friends and family, and so many people who love you! So glad to hear James and Patrick are helping make it a special day! Happy Birthday beautiful girl. Sending you much love Marcia and Mary

  28. Chelsea Frawley says:

    My angel. Love you all, including the boys.

  29. Joel says:

    Happy 11th Birthday Pippa!! I hope today is filled with everyone and everything you want it to be. Fantastic job boys, you could hire yourselves out as party planners!! Enjoy every minute of this wonderfully special day. Love Joel, Joel and Oscar.xxx

  30. Sandy says:

    Yay gorgeous Pippa. Happy 11 th Birthday. Have a fantastic day. Thinking of you on your special day little battler. Xo xo

  31. Samantha says:

    Happy birthday Pip…. What a beautiful 11yr old young lady you are! hugs and kisses from all the McMahons xxx

  32. Vicki Eddey says:

    Happy birthday to a most gorgeous and courageous 11year old. I hope you had fun at your party. How lucky you are to have such caring and lovely brothers as well. Xx

  33. Viv cooper says:

    Have a happy birthda

  34. Pamela Nevill says:

    Happy 11th Birthday Pippa! I hope you’re having a wonderful party with your family land friends. You are a beautiful and courageous girl. Your decorations are just sunshine, like you! Your loving Mum and brothers are amazing. They love you SO much. And so do we xxx

  35. boothkids says:

    Dear Pippa
    We hope you have had an awesome 11th birthday with your beautiful family and all your friends. We thought the balloons and decorations James and Patrick did looked amazing!
    We think of you all such a lot and send lots of birthday hugs from the west!
    Love, Tom, Maddy, Rosie, Nicki and Ian xxxxx

  36. Jill C says:

    Extremely powerful testimony Virginia of the beauty you have instilled into Pippa and her siblings, Happy Birthday to your lovely little girl. It was a privilege to read this – Jill (your former TAA colleague). xx

  37. Suzanne Haebich says:

    Happy happy birthday Pippa, I hope you had a wonderful day. Virginia , what 3 amazing children you have! Lots of love, Shooshaan xx

  38. Goldie says:

    What a beautiful family you have Ginny. Those boys are the best. Now to that gorgeous girl. I bet by now Pippa you are exhausted after a big birthday. I hope you had a wonderful time surrounded by all your very special family and friends. Lots of love and birthday wishes.

  39. Anna Wilson says:

    Happy birthday Pippa!!:):) I hope you enjoyed your party and enjoy being 11! ☺️ You are a great friend and are very lucky to have such kind and caring brothers. Love Anna❤️😚 xxx

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