One year on for Sophie Rolf

Many readers will remember the story of five year old Islander Sophie Rolf who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. One year on and Sophie’s mum Gemma shares an update on her progress.

Sophie Rolf:

It’s been a difficult year, but also a difficult week. Ed


This time last year we were like any other family looking forward to the weekend. A year on, on Monday Sophie had a MRI Scan exactly a year to the day she had her first – the day our lives changed forever.

Proud to call Sophie our daughter
During the last year Sophie has faced things that no child or adult should have to go through.

Neuro Surgery to fit shunts, Central Line Surgery, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Trial Drug, numerous MRI & CT Scans, homeopathic drugs and other tests all with determination, strength, courage and most of all always a smile.

She has made us so proud to call her our daughter.

Every day is heartbreaking
Living everyday knowing there is nothing you can do to cure your child, watching her play with her big brother Jack, knowing one day he will lose his little sister is heartbreaking.

Whilst we struggle to accept this or see this happening to our little girl, we have been forced to think about certain things no parent should have too.

Tried to make the right choices
Making decisions on your daughter’s life with not knowing if the decisions are the right ones have been the hardest we have ever made. All we can say is we believe we have tried to make the right ones and give Sophie the best chance and will continue to fight every day to save our daughter.

Sophie and Jack are our world, our most precious and loved beyond words.

Thanks for support
On a personal note I would like to thank everyone for all their support during this last year. It has been amazing and without you all, things would have been so much harder.

A special thank you to Aaron you are the most incredible Dad a child could want for and are a saint for having to put up with me and my hospital phobia too!

Everyday…. holds the possibility of a miracle…. Love you Sophs xx

Mum (Gemma)


Since Gemma wrote the above, Sophie had her scan. You can read updates from her Dad, Aaron Rolf.

You can donate to the Sophie Rolf Fund, KissyPuppy, online.

Image: © Paul Blackley

Wednesday, 12th June, 2013 11:08am

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