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Fantastic Fundraisers; Jo's Cranioversary!

17th May 2019

Thank you
by Jo Barlow

I know it was your job
A daily task for you
But I don’t know if you truly realise
The thanks of all you do

My kids wouldn’t have a Mum
My husband not a wife
There would be an empty hole
If you didn’t save my life

As every day I know
That I wouldn’t still be here
Without your knowledge and your skill
And shed a silent, thankful, tear.

 

In May 2016 Jo Barlow had a Hemangioblastoma brain tumour removed during a six hour operation at St George's Hospital. 18 May 2019 marks the three year anniversary of her operation, and the beginning of a road to recovery that has seen Jo write a book about her journey, and support numerous others through their treatment too.

Jo said ‘Mr Jones and the various other Dr’s, nurses, anaesthetists etc were amazing and very reassuring for a totally stressed and terrified patient, who hated hospitals, knowing she was about to have brain surgery! Several staff went out of their way to help support me - from getting permission to use my homeopathic remedies, holding my hand while waiting for surgery to letting me just talk to them.’

Jo, a mum of four children aged between 12 and 24, will be holding a music event with a rock covers band at a local pub to celebrate her ‘Cranioversary’. The band named Ransom; includes her husband and son, and are playing at this event in celebration of Jo’s immense gratitude that following her recovery she can now listen to them play; when she couldn’t when she was sick.

There will also be a raffle with some amazing prizes, with all donations going to the charity. If you would like to support Jo and Ransom on the night:

The Cricketers Pub,
81 Clayton Road, Chessington KT9 1NQ
Saturday 18 May, starting at 8.30pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/589502011510391/

Jo is holding another event too in for the form of small art exhibition at her local library:
Ditton Library
Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0BS
From the 11th – 25th May and will be donating 10% of profits from sales.

Jo has also written a book  ‘It’s all in My Head’  about her experience in finding out she had a brain tumour, the surgery, recovery and the lessons she has learnt from it
 https://www.amazon.co.uk/ITS-ALL-MY-HEAD-Survive/dp/1549629093
Jo is donating £1 for each book and 50p for each e-book.

To find Jo’s website and blog about her treatment journey; http://www.jobarlow.co.uk/

Finally, Jo has also set up a Facebook group just for those with Hemangioblastoma; https://www.facebook.com/groups/hemangioblastoma/

If you would like to support Jo in her fundraising, you can access her page here; https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JoBarlow

Good luck with your event Jo, and thank you for fundraising for St George’s Hospital Charity!

 

 

 

 

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