The Big 30 And Brain Surgery

January 8, 2017 3 Comments
Birthday in hospital in wheelchair with balloon

The Big 30 And Brain Surgery

January 8, 2017 3 Comments

I kicked off my 30th birthday going all out with two courses from the ward breakfast trolley (you only turn 30 once!). I was supposed to be in Vienna but the date for my surgery put paid to those plans.

It was quite a day with the consultants singing happy birthday to me when they did their morning round and the nursing team bringing me a chocolate cake.

At this point, I was still sporting what we’d nicknamed #thetrump as I wasn’t allowed to wash my hair and still had the clips in. Despite the challenges in taming my hair, I had a great time celebrating with friends and family in the café.

Colleagues sent me video messages to let me know they were thinking of me and I’ve never felt more loved.

I was spoilt with beautiful gifts which I’ve linked below. I’m particularly looking forward to working my way through the printmaking book and obviously I can never have too many red lipsticks or scarves.

I can honestly say (having spent birthdays in various places around the world) that I wouldn’t change a thing.  Vienna can and will wait.

Join me next time when I’ll be sharing my experiences of receiving a brain tumour diagnosis and preparing for surgery. Thanks for reading!


  • Jane Fraser January 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Sarah, We are all sending our love. Maybe get to visit some time soon.
    Jane, Hamish, Ali and Callum.

  • Pippa January 9, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Sarah

    Happy Birthday! You look fabulous (not at all like a #Trump!) and glad to hear you are at home. Take it easy (everything seems a bit further to walk at home..) and I am sure the community rehab team will be getting stuck in with your rehab as fast as they can. Lovely to hear from you. Pippa Tyrrell

    • Sarah Gaffney February 15, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Thanks for reading Pippa and sorry for my slow reply. Community rehab team are great… very much look forward to my sessions x

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