The toll of Cancer- Special Envoy for Women and Children Battles the illness Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 November 2011 00:00

Mrs. Kim Simplis-BarrowShe is a symbol of strength for countless women and children in Belize and the region. She lobbies to provide quality healthcare for children. She works to improve the quality of education in rural communities. She fights to protect children from being sexually exploited. She fights on behalf of children with disabilities. Now Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, Global Ambassador to Special Olympics, and wife of the Prime Minister, has a more personal battle to win. Last week she was diagnosed with breast cancer and advised to seek immediate expert medical attention.

On Sunday, November 6th, Mr. and Mrs. Barrow flew out to Miami, Florida to seek specialist attention. The Office of the Special Envoy issued a press release confirming Mrs. Barrow’s diagnosis to the public. The release stated, "As an official advocate for women and children and someone who has always been supportive of the fight against cancer, Mrs. Barrow thought it important not to conceal her diagnosis from the public." Mrs. Barrow underwent a series of tests at Baptist Hospital in Miami. The tests reveal that she is suffering from stage 3 breast cancer. According to a release from the Special Envoy’s office, there are two tumors in her left breast, and the cancer has spread to lymph nodes under her left armpit and lymph nodes next to the sternum on the left side. Fortunately, the cancer has not spread to other organs or parts of the body. Mrs. Barrow will undergo six sessions of chemotherapy, three weeks apart, after which a breast removal surgery will take place. The first chemotherapy session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15th. Initial diagnosis calls for chemotherapy treatment; however, tests are still being conducted to determine the most viable treatment option.

Mrs. Barrow will stay in the United States for treatment. A release from her office states that she “hopes to come home on Saturday, November 19th, before returning to Miami in early December for the second chemotherapy session.”

We at the Guardian would like to join other Belizeans in wishing Mrs. Barrow a speedy recovery. She has fought bravely for and alongside the women and children of the jewel and in her time of need we urge Belizeans to keep her in prayers. We hope that she is victorious in her latest battle and that she returns home stronger than ever.