MORE BRAIN SURGERY COMING!!!! COUNTDOWN TO MY FIRST CRANIOTOMY!!! hello my dear friends, there will be no more exclamation marks in this post i promise. its been a while since i have written. things have been better, then worse then better… i didn’t feel you needed updates on every little medication tweak & suchlike. However, I know you’d (probably) like to know about this next procedure coming up… I’m having open brain surgery in july to try to remove as much of the tumour as can be safely done. We were trying to avoid going down this path as the tumour is quite deep inside my head and the op will be less than simple. However a potential end to the pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia (google it) is worth the punt. the hope of being able to perform again… Fingers crossed! sorry that really needed an exclamation mark. but i don’t want to pretend I’m not feeling pretty shaky about the pain and long recuperation that is coming. I know my husband and our extended family will take care of our three little children and make sure they have lots of fun things going on to distract them whilst mum is on ‘hospital holiday’. the kids school is being amazing. it couldn’t be any better set up for a smooth ride whilst I’m getting my sh*t back together, as it were. I am thankful for that. and for every person who has left a kind comment or sent a supportive message, please know that your love and thoughts and prayers has helped me not to sink into the dark place over the past two years of brain tumour life. and i really hope that one day i will be sending you an all clear message, and we can all celebrate together xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Click here for tickets to the children’s show ‘A Magical Musical Story Box’, as part of the Cambridge Jazz Festival 2017. Written by Sara Mitra and Lottie Allen, the show features a live jazz band and plenty of interaction and dancing for young children. Shows are at 2pm and 3.30pm Sunday 26th November, and feature Kate Mullins of The Puppini Sisters as lead vocalist.
thank you for all your well wishes and kindnesses over the past few months. Life with a brain tumour has been a challenging experience, but have received lots of incredible medical help. My personal performance of my songs has had to end (for now) as there are various symptoms still ongoing. However, some works composed before this time are being performed in the next few weeks, which is nice. Here are the details.
Please see the recent Facebook Post from Sara (text included below):
“Hi everyone. It’s been a funny old few weeks. As many of you might know I had to postpone the shows for Cambridge Jazz Festival, and I will also be postponing all music work for the foreseeable future. This is due to a recently diagnosed brain tumour which has been impacting on my health and ability to sing. Many thanks to everyone who has sent best wishes, and my apologies for the inconvenience caused to people so far. This is not doom and gloom news though. I’m feeling much better now after a few days in hospital and some very strong meds! Will keep you posted on what’s going on. I hope to return to music work when the time is right. With all love and best wishes to everyone, Saraxx”
Sara has co-written a jazz/interactive drama show for young children. Titled ‘A Magical Musical Story Box’, the next performance is at the Cambridge International Jazz Festival 2016, with two sessions on Sunday 27th November. Click here for ticketing information.
Some end of 2015 comments on ‘Losing You’ from Jamie Cullum:
“I’ve been coming back to it a lot this year… I feel like its been a proper grower of an album, it didn’t immediately sound like everything else she’s done before, and neither should it… I’ve lived with it for a while now, and it’s really just a beautiful album with a great sound and a great sense of atmosphere throughout it.” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2, 15/12/15.