How to Prepare for Brain Surgery

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  1. Do a four-day juicing fast with high nutrient shots and supplements.
  2. Then eat for a few days to build strength (super food smoothies, soup, lots of vegetables, good fat, healthy protein, even a raw food brownie).
  3. Have a hot stone massage and some lymph drainage.
  4. Relax in Epsom salt baths.
  5. Receive healing from an Inuit Shaman who lives in Greenland.
  6. Be a person not a patient by making nails pretty.


  1. Work through fear and dig for unexpected gifts with the best process for such things on the planet (IMHO), supported by dear and skillful friend. (That’s The Clearing Process by the way. Chapter 7 of my book.)
  2. Go for a country walk with an old friend and soul sister in beautiful spring sunshine.
  3. Write an article about this latest challenge for a national newspaper.
  4. Stay with best friend from school the night before the operation and enroll her into coming to hospital with me at 6am to hold my hand.
  5. Accept the uniquely skilled Catherine Rolt’s generous offer to be there on the day while John looks after Gabriella (and visits later).
  6. Buy silver trainers.


  1. Take Gabriella out of school for a few days to stay in London at her grandparents’ house with dad so she can be part of, not apart from the action.
  2. Line up a couple of special friends to visit me in hospital.
  3. Plan the life I intend to manifest when I wake up in neurological tact and find a way to get rid of the tumours.
  4. Keep my powder dry by ensuring my husband has power of attorney and all my passwords.
  5. Pray a lot.
  6. Buy a fabulous everyday hat for the frontal bald patch.


Shaky knees, but ready and willing. Onwards.

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  • Vera K
    14th Nov 2018, 10:31 am  Reply

    I was told to remove nail polish before my surgery, but I look forward to getting my nails done shortly after! Makes me feel so much better.

  • Robyn
    16th Mar 2017, 2:23 pm  Reply

    Hi Sophie

    I hope you are doing well after your op. Do you cancer peeps have a private site you can talk to each other on.

  • Troy Bertelsen
    13th Mar 2017, 10:06 am  Reply

    Sending Love and Compassion to you and your family for your healing.

  • Marjorie
    13th Mar 2017, 1:59 am  Reply

    Sending loving vibes to you from Ottawa Canada as you go forward.You are one of the bravest people with such a huge heart with a wonderful gift of being able to write about your journey as you live it.Truly an inspiration .

  • 12th Mar 2017, 8:40 pm  Reply


    I am with you and grateful for all you are bringing to life.

    Go well on the journey.

    I see you.

    More to come.

  • Sophie
    11th Mar 2017, 12:29 pm  Reply

    Dear Sophie
    Im thinking of you, John and Gabriella. I pray that the operation went smoothly and that you’re sitting up in bed now with your beautiful smile. Thank you for sharing your journey with such heart felt honesty and bravery. sending you much love Sophie xx

  • Geri May
    11th Mar 2017, 10:28 am  Reply

    Sending you love and light to support you in this massive challenge – you inspire so many including me in dealing with my cancer. thanks for you…xx

  • Ginny Fraser
    10th Mar 2017, 9:50 pm  Reply

    Light and loving to you Sophie. Praying for a brilliant outcome which is entirely possible. .


  • Laura Book
    10th Mar 2017, 9:12 pm  Reply

    Good luck, Sophie. Thinking of you and sending you lots of love and hope. You are an inspiration to us lung cancer peeps.

  • Lynne Rothwell
    10th Mar 2017, 8:52 pm  Reply

    Sophie you are an inspiration and the most open human being I know of. The world needs you xx

    • Sophie Sabbage
      10th Mar 2017, 9:20 pm

      “The most open human being I know.” Thank you. This is one of my highest goals and it has been a life’s work.

  • Alison Easton
    10th Mar 2017, 8:28 pm  Reply

    As I head towards my first chemo and radiotherapy to my head and neck, I am inspired by your incredible positivity, and doing my utmost to emulate it. Wishing you strength, enormous luck and a following wind, and look forward to hearing from you on the other side of the surgery. I hope you can feel the love and support from so many directions x

  • Carolyn
    10th Mar 2017, 8:16 pm  Reply

    Dear Sophie,
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow, if anyone can conquer this you can.
    Carolyn x

  • Angela Northall
    10th Mar 2017, 8:13 pm  Reply

    Wishing you the best outcome, Sophie. My daughter had a fourteen hour brain surgery and the waiting was difficult to cope with. I would suggest that John asks whether the surgeon will phone him once the operation is completed. My daughter’s surgeon phoned at 11 45 pm. If this is not the hospital’s policy find out how the hospital will update him. Prayers, positive thoughts for you.

  • Lori
    10th Mar 2017, 8:02 pm  Reply

    Thinking of you, stay strong, be well

  • Steven Walton
    10th Mar 2017, 4:35 pm  Reply

    Sophie is empowered. There are many who are not and need to be supported. Please send your thoughts and healing energy to those less fortunate then Sophie who too live with cancer. The poor who are unable to afford the quality foods that would help. The friendless. Those whose medical treatment is standard and routine and who lack the voice to take a stand for themselves.

  • micha
    10th Mar 2017, 12:38 pm  Reply

    Yes, to all you write: let fear enter and let it go. I was operated from a rare cancer and I know the statistics are not with me. But we are not numbers, the best we can do is to leave behind us a trail of love. A friend has just died of terminal cancer and the whole town went to her funeral to say thank you. She was love. If we do that we survive no matter what. Thank you for what you are doing.

  • Sue Adams
    10th Mar 2017, 10:12 am  Reply

    My cancer diagnosis coincided exactly the same time as yours did so October 2014 I too began my journey of befriending this condition and tanks to your wonderful and inspiring emotional rhetoric I have been sustained. I was in th middle of training to be a bereavement counsellor so I could not have been in a more supported and nourished environment. But you Sophie light a beacon for all of us.

  • Yve Schelhaas
    10th Mar 2017, 9:58 am  Reply

    You have countless inspired and grateful souls always walking beside you Sophie, sending all the love and help you have given us in our darkest of times right back at you. Silver trainers, fabulous hat – no wonder your amazing girl comes out with wonderful words like happily ever laughter – she really is her mum’s daughter. Wear those trainers out running at life. Big love xxxx

  • Jenny Meadows
    10th Mar 2017, 9:28 am  Reply

    I’m smiling, completely enrolled, in wonder at your how-to list that makes more sense than most of them do, particularly the hat and silver trainers! We’re with you and love you. The date’s in my diary. XXOO, Jen

  • Maggie Baldwin
    10th Mar 2017, 9:15 am  Reply

    Gut-churningly, bowel-emptyingly awful:no one should have to face this:no one would wish to be in your admittedly beautiful, silver trainers. The hopes and prayers of each one of us will be centred on you tomorrow, because “Ask not for whom the bell tolls…it tolls for me”. Oh God, Sophie…

  • 10th Mar 2017, 8:00 am  Reply

    Good luck Sophie. You are a brave & noble girl.

  • Mary Reynolds
    10th Mar 2017, 8:00 am  Reply

    What a woman you are Sophie! Such courage, careful thought, action & purposefulness. I will pray in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa, for your swift, intact return to your loving family.

  • Philomena Robinson
    10th Mar 2017, 6:25 am  Reply

    I know you’ll have heard it all before but I just wanted to say that your words & positivity must have helped thousands who are going through similar trauma and I will pray for your recovery so you can spend special time with your
    beloved family! God bless x

  • Sally Maurice
    10th Mar 2017, 6:00 am  Reply

    Wow, so awe inspiring and moving. Wishing you and the family all strength (and laughter). My love, thoughts and prayers will be with you xxx

  • 10th Mar 2017, 1:57 am  Reply

    Yes. Onward.Crying, shaking, laughing, preparing, surrendering, loving…being alive.xoxoxo We are all with you in spirit, Sophie.

  • Peggy Jarrett
    10th Mar 2017, 1:07 am  Reply

    Only you, Soph. Only you would do it this way…say it this way…live it this way…! And that is why those silver trainers are going to look so damn good on you. Love you always.

  • patricia murphy
    9th Mar 2017, 11:17 pm  Reply

    I just love your new hat and you look stunning in it too! You have everything going for you! You really cannot lose! Thoughts are with you and update on surgery as soon as you are able, please!

  • Diane
    9th Mar 2017, 11:17 pm  Reply

    Oh Sophie, you are amazing – I really mean that. Your planning, your thoughtfulness and your attitude to face this head on and deal with it are truly inspiring. I know you will say what I say – what else is there to do? But you go the extra mile and I so wish you all the best for a smooth operation and peaceful recovery. My love to you as always xxx

  • Kathy Rinehart
    9th Mar 2017, 11:13 pm  Reply

    Hi Sophie, I found your blog in April of 2016 when my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Through your blog, I found hope that carried me until she had a devastating reaction to Opdivo in Oct. She didn’t recover and passed away on Dec. 26, 2016. As heartbroken as I am over her death, I pray hard that you come through your surgery with success and the gift of more hugs from your daughter

  • susan woodhouse
    9th Mar 2017, 11:06 pm  Reply

    I love every word of this Sophie, it is as always inspiring and life affirming in every possible way. Go well and I will be sending you loving thoughts from across the globe.

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