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Jamila Rizvi Announces Second Round Of Brain Surgery

Future Women's editor-at-large announces her second round of brain surgery in less than 12 months.

By Emily Brooks

Leadership

Future Women's editor-at-large announces her second round of brain surgery in less than 12 months.

By Emily Brooks

Jamila Rizvi has successfully undergone a second round of brain surgery in less than twelve months.

In a social media post from her hospital bed, the 32-year-old journalist and editor-at-large of Future Women told followers she was “just so damned delighted to still be here”.

Jamila was also operated on in January but was told by doctors last month the tumour had returned.

She underwent the complicated surgery for a second time on Saturday in Melbourne.

In a moving post with a picture of her knitting with close friend and singer Clare Bowditch, she thanked the many friends and family, the medical staff and the Australian health system.

Jamila, who lives in Melbourne with her husband Jeremy and toddler Rafi, has worked in politics as an advisor to the Rudd and Gillard governments before joining the media working for Mia Freedman at Mamamia and later as a high profile columnist at news.com.au.

When she was first diagnosed with a rare brain tumour in December last year she also posted the news on Instagram saying: “It has taken me a while to come to terms with the news (and I think it’ll take me a bit longer to learn to spell.) Fortunately the tumour is benign operable.”

She then released The Motherhood, the second of two books she has published, and in May joined Future Women. She has since been the host of a successful podcast series, Future Women with Jamila Rizvi.

Future Women founding director Helen McCabe said everyone is relieved the surgery went well.

“Jamila is such an extraordinary person and we have so much love and admiration for her. It has been a difficult time but we understand the surgery has gone well and we are just hoping she takes doctors orders and takes the time to recover.”