Pippa Rea

Pippa's Journey with a Brain Tumour


Pippa turned 9 years old on February 13th 2013.

She is in Year 3 with long hair,  captivating blue eyes and an amazing zest for life.  There is always a contagious smile on her face.  She is a natural sports person, loves writing and maths at school and is a caring and thoughtful friend to everyone she meets.  Pippa has two older brothers, James & Patrick who adore her.  I’m her mum and I truly believe she was put on this earth to bring absolute endless joy to not only to me, but anyone who crosses her path.

Her favourite colour is yellow and aqua, she writes random names on her golf balls that she knows no one else has, she loves singing at the top of her voice, her cuddles and kisses are spectacular, she dreams of going to Paris, her heart is full of kindness and her laugh is utterly infectious.  She likes Taylor Swift, Little Mix, High School Musical and Pitch Perfect.

On Wednesday 26th June our little family was shattered by the news we were delivered.

Our gorgeous Pippa had a lump in her brainstem which was affecting the left side of her face.  Within the space of a couple of hours my father whisked Pippa and I off to the Royal Children’s Hospital (a four hour drive in thick fog in the middle of the night) for further investigations.  Prior to this day she had developed some symptoms:  she had “lost her smile” on the left side of her face; at basketball the week before I noticed she was running with her head in an unusual position (turned to the right); on the Monday she couldn’t move her left eye to track my finger;   and on the Tuesday night as I tucked her into bed I saw that her left eyelid did not completely close.  By Wednesday her 6th & 7th Cranial Nerves had aligned (or misaligned) to confirm there was a lump in her brainstem.

33 responses to “ABOUT PIPPA

  1. jassicunn says:

    The most amazing little princess you could ever lay eyes on! I will never forget the first time I met her! She took my breath away! Stunning 🙂 stay strong family we are an army praying!!! Xxx

  2. Erica says:

    Hi Pippa from Yasmin, Ashton and Max Nagorcka: We think you are awesome and brave and strong and want you to know we are sending you lots of love and prayers and angels for Thursday x Virginia and family, Jas is right, you have an army praying for you all xxx love and light xxx

  3. John and Sara-Jane &co says:

    Thinking of you all:)) you have great family and friends around you!

  4. sue sophie and jessica says:

    Remember the important things and take care of one another. We love you!

  5. Dina says:

    I guess as a GP ! I am expected not to be affected by every patient that I see ! However I believe we are still humans ! I am a mother myself ! And although I saw Pippa for only 10 minutes or so ! However she is one of the few patients that have touched my heart ! Her smile ! How bubbly she was ! And how excited she was when I talked about going through MRI machine ! I wish you all the best Pippa ! Stay strong Virginia … Have faith !!!

  6. Sam Jackson says:

    Heartfelt love & best wishes from us all. Sam, Tom & Luke xxx

  7. Dina says:


  8. Brydie says:

    Dear Pippa, Virginia, James & Patrick. We wish you the very best for Thursday and we are praying for the very best of news. Virginia you are the most amazing women and mother I know , your courage, love, passion and determination for your family is outstanding. With you on her side Pippa can only do well. We are thinking of you all and send you all our love and best wishes. See you soon. Brydie, Stuart, Emily & Olivia xxx

    • Jackie says:

      To Virginia, pippa and the rest of your family thoughts are with you all as your beautiful Pippa begins her fight. Sending lots of love to a gorgeous girl who has touched so many of us. Love jackie (KPs friend) xx

  9. Bryan White says:

    Thoughts& prayers go out to all your family. Stay strong X
    Bryan Georgia Will&Sasha

  10. Tom says:

    Stay Strong Pippa! You’ll fight through whatever life throws out you! You are a great friend!:) Cya Soon!:) Love Tom

  11. Emma Pleming says:

    Hello Pip,
    I miss you and hope you are feeling better soon.
    From Isla xxxxxxxxx0000000000
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 xxxxxxxxooool

  12. Thinking of you beautiful Pippa and Gin, James and Patrick, keep strong and I will be there whenever you need me. Big hugs KP and family xxxx

  13. To beautiful little Pippa, you are so brave and courageous. I am here to help in any way. All my love and hugs KP, Adrian, James and Benny xxxx

  14. Lucy says:

    HI Pippa. Even I am thinking about you SO much!! I don’t even know you, and I am in UK!!! (Friends with fab KP).
    Go girl!!

  15. Hi Pippa. Even *I* am thinking about you SOooo much, and sending you SOOooo much love! (I have never met you, and am in UK!! (friend of fab KP).

  16. Rachelle says:

    Gin, just letting you know I’m thinking of you, Pippa and the boys. Take care xo

  17. Sending lots of love to you Pippa all the way from Spain! Patch and James are always there to look after you! You are always in our thoughts. Love your cousin Sam and Alley. Xoxo

  18. Olivia Colquhoun says:

    Hi Pippa it is the Olivia Colquhoun i was just going to say i hope u get better soon i am thinking of u every minute of my life. If u ever need help call us. Love Libv xxoo

  19. Paddy Higgs says:

    Having fallen victim to your wrestling skills every Christmas Pippa, I know you’ll have this beat as well. I’m sure your brothers are treating you like a princess and know that all us boys are here for you too. I’m joining Sam in Europe soon so you won’t be short of a date to Paris. Thinking of you! Love your cousin Patrick

  20. Maria Materia says:

    Dear Virginia, we are thinking and praying for you all at this difficult time. Wishing Pippa all the best for tomorrow.
    Maria, Angelo and family

  21. Virginia, Beautiful Pippa & Family,
    In our hearts & thoughts.
    Geradine, Jamie, Tye & especially Regan xxx

  22. Virginia, Pippa & Family
    In our Hearts & Thoughts.
    Geradine, Jamie, Tye & especially Regan xxx

  23. Alison Wilson says:

    The first thing I thought of when I woke today was what a big day this is for you all. Pippa, you are so resilient and brave! Virginia, Patrick, James, Anne and all your family, we are thinking of you all too. Love and prayers to all of you x
    Ali, Jarrod, Luke, Anna and Isaac

  24. Catherine says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys
    stay strong STUNNING Pippa
    x Catherine shaw Matthew Flynn Lila and Lottie

  25. Jen Boyer says:

    That’s great news Ginny, hope you get some sleep tonight. X The Boyer & Cashill Family

  26. Sharon says:

    Gogeousl Pippa, Virginia, James & Patrick – so pleased to hear surgery went well today. Thinking of you all with much love xxx

  27. Dina says:

    Hi pippa we all hope you feel better soon we all miss you at school get better soon

    Lots of love from Dina and the familyxoxox

  28. Cara Chisholm says:

    Hi pippa, thinking of you and your family. You are an amazing girl. Sending lots of love your way. Xxx Cara Chisholm

  29. Donna Lumsden says:

    What can i say that hasn’t been already said? All of the above and more…Just Love, hope and pray…and remember everyone is here for you no matter what you may need Virgina, day or night xxx
    Donna, Glenn, Chloe & Ben Lumsden xxx

  30. Anna & Gary Dyson says:

    Virginia, James, Patrick & Pippa,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Gary, Anna, Matt, Bec & Josh Dyson

  31. Julian Dieckhaus says:

    Your a shining light that will not be forgotten and your light will stay forever on!

  32. Anna Barker says:

    Hey Virginia, James and Patrick, I know I’m a bit late to comment, but i wanted to share a few of my favorite memories of me and Pippa. i was as the beach the summer before she got cancer, we were boogie boarding, splashing each other, and having a blast. Neither of us wanted to leave but we had to. This other memory was on Pippa’s last day of school, i was holding a basket ball in my hand to Pippa and she kept on knocking it out of my hand, i was confused at first, but then i realised she just wanted to dribble the basket ball, we did this for 5 minutes until we got told off, she looked very happy.

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