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#421265 - 11/08/11 02:14 AM PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER
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Kim Simplis Barrow, the wife of Belize's Prime Minister Dean Barrow has
been diagnosed with breast cancer. The stunning announcement was made this
morning via a press release from her Special Envoy for Women and Children
office. The brief statement says that Mrs. Barrow traveled to the United
States of America on Sunday to seek urgent medical attention. The official
statement says, and we quote: "the office confirms that Mrs. Barrow has
been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be starting treatment as soon as
the most viable treatment option has been determined. The treatment is not
available in Belize," end of quote. Mrs. Barrow explained in her statement
that as someone who has always been supportive of the fight against cancer
that she thought it important not to conceal her diagnosis from the public.
The statement ends by saying that while the length of the treatment - and
her stay in the USA - is still not clear, Mrs. Barrow hopes to be back home
by Christmas. In related news, Prime Minister Dean Barrow has accompanied
his wife to Miami, Florida where she is seeking urgent medical attention.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to return to the country on Monday of next
week. During his absence, the Minister of Defence Carlos Perdomo is Acting
Prime Minister for today. Deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega takes over as
Acting Prime Minister on Tuesday as he is currently out of the country.

Story at http://www.lovefm.com/ndisplay.php?nid=14983

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#421269 - 11/08/11 02:57 AM Re: PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER [Re: Marty]
belizeonthebeach Offline
Best wishes Kim.

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#421272 - 11/08/11 03:36 AM Re: PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CA [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Best wishes Kim, indeed. And tons of hugs.

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#421286 - 11/08/11 02:48 PM Re: PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CA [Re: Marty]
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PMís Wife, Kim Simplis-Barrow, Has Cancer

Tonight, The Prime Minister's wife, Kim Simplis-Barrow is in A Miami hospital conducting tests to determine what stage of breast cancer she has.

The 39 year old was clinically diagnosed in Belize last week with doctors saying that it had the clinical appearance of stage two breast cancer.

A biopsy rushed to the United States confirmed on Wednesday that it is cancer. Arrangements were immediately made for an "as-soon-as-possible" referral to a specialist facility in Miami. That was set up for, today, Monday and showing extraordinary even-temperedness - she finished up some political business - endorsing Chandra Cansino - and then left for the United States on Sunday with Prime Minister Barrow.

The couple went for a battery of tests this morning and the news coming out of that is that, from what they have seen so far, the Miami doctors suspect that it may be stage three cancer and suggests it is an advanced case.

We understand that imaging tests are now being done to detect if the cancer has spread and to confirm the staging. It is expected that Simplis-Barrow will have to receive chemotherapy treatment and a statement issued today says that she hopes to be back home by Christmas.

The full release from the Office of the Special Envoy for Women and children says, quote, "Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow left the country on Sunday to seek urgent medical attentionÖ.The Office confirms that Mrs. Barrow has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be starting treatment as soon as the most viable treatment option has been determined. The treatment is not available in Belize."

It adds that, "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."

And indeed, exactly a month ago - before she was diagnosed -Simplis Barrow addressed the Cancer Society in Belize City and spoke about receiving the grim moment of receiving a cancer diagnosis, not knowing then that within three weeks, she would be hearing the same thing:..

Kim Simplis Barrow
"When I hear the word cancer it is not numbers or a percentage which comes to mind, rather it is the faces of those on a daily basis fight this dreadful disease. I see for example the face of my nephew, an 18 year old boy whose entire life came to a standstill upon his diagnosis. Today I am happy to say that he has join the ranks of many courageous cancer survivors and his life is once again in forward motion. However the joy of his successful battle is tempered by sadness at the memory of another friend of mine who did not survive her fight. These are the closest experiences I've ever had with cancer, but from them I can say that the power to fight this disease comes from the heart and soul but most of all it comes from being able to envision a day when you are cancer free."

"Ladies and gentlemen we all know that cancer does not discriminate. It does not care if you are young or if you are old or if you are black or if you are white, if you are rich or if you are poor. I as well as you know all too well about the lives are shattered and the families devastated by these 3 words; you have cancer. We all know about some of the happy endings but we know all too well about the sad ones. Do you believe we can change that? I do. Let's make sure our mother's, father's, uncle's, aunt's, brother's, sister's, our children, everyone get screen. It can potentially save a life."

Again, that speech was from Friday October seventh of this year. And that's where it is tonight - Mrs. Barrow and the PM are in Miami and bracing themselves for difficult days ahead. A statement from the Prime Minister's office says he is scheduled to return to Belize on Monday, 14th November. Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega is acting Prime Minister until then.

The statement from her office, says that she appreciates the solidarity and prayers of all well-wishers. Kim Barrow is the mother of one child - and as we mentioned at the top of the story, she is 39. We'll keep following the story very closely.

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#421472 - 11/09/11 09:32 PM Re: PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER [Re: Marty]
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Press Release
Update on Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow

Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow thanks the very many individuals and organizations countrywide that have been expressing their solidarity and praying for her in light of her breast cancer diagnosis. Since Monday, she has been undergoing tests and seeing doctors at Baptist Hospital of Miami. The tests and doctors have confirmed that she is suffering from stage 3 breast cancer. 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. The cancer has not spread to other organs or parts of the body.

The treatment prescribed in the circumstances is for Mrs. Barrow to undergo preoperative chemotherapy, then a mastectomy. The chemotherapy will be done in six sessions three weeks apart, after which the breast removal surgery will take place. The first chemotherapy session is scheduled for Tuesday of next week, to be followed by a few days medical observation. Mrs. Barrow then hopes to come home on Saturday, November 19 before returning to Miami in early December for the second chemotherapy session.

Again, she offers heartfelt gratitude to Belizeans for their outpouring of support.

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#423123 - 11/24/11 02:09 PM Re: PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER [Re: Marty]
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PM Discusses Wife's Cancer

And while the PM was all over the emotional spectrum today, bristling at foot dragging public officers, trying to woo the business sector and doing the usual hurly burly with the press, we asked how he's holding up with his wife's present difficulties.

As has been widely reported, she's been diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer and is already doing chemotherapy.

He said he's doing ok - but he will have to travel frequently:

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
"She's doing as well as can be expected, but for me, it's very clear that I will be there to support her. It does mean that I will leave every 3 weeks as she goes for the chemotherapy treatments, and will be out for 4 or 5 days each time I go. But in this world of instant communications, I don't think that this is much of a problem as it otherwise might have been. I still intend to keep my finger firmly on the pulse and to ensure that all goes as well we can make it goes in this country. Sad for myself, it's just a matter of being by her side and being with her as she goes through what's going to be a long, difficult, and arduous process."

Channel 7



Edited by Marty (04/20/14 12:55 PM)

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#427654 - 01/13/12 02:26 PM Re: PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER [Re: Marty]
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Kim Simplis-Barrow Talks About Life With Chemo

Kim Simplis-Barrow found out she had cancer in the first week of November, and since then the 39 year old's life - and that of her family - has been turned upside down.

First it was confirmed as stage three cancer - which is an advanced stage - and that meant starting an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy.

So far she has gotten three rounds of Chemotherapy - which for those not familiar with it - is a means of killing the cancerous tumor, but it also gets the host gravely ill.

And that's where Kim Barrow is right now. Her hair has fallen out, she suffers from constant headaches and often is too ill to leave home. It's the rough road that anyone who has had chemotherapy has to travel, and today at a handing over ceremony for CARE Belize, she told Monica Bodden that like most of them - some days are better than others:..

Kim Simplis-Barrow
"Today is a good day, I'm feeling good today. I will leave on Saturday again and will do my Chemo session on Tuesday and I guess after that its downhill from there. You just take it one day at a time really and know that every session that you take is a step closer to being healthy. It's hard but it's a step closer to being healthy and that's the positive."

"You have to stay positive; you have to stay focused on that. You are looking forward to that day and that's what I am doing; looking forward to that day."

"My family has been very supportive as you know my husband has been with me from day one and he has supported me throughout this. My daughter has been amazing. She has been handling it really well, and of course all the messages and prayers, all the positive thoughts that come my way have been very inspirational for me. People would say that 'you're such an inspiration,' for me you are the inspiration because I draw from that positiveness that you all send me - the messages and all of those good positive thoughts - and it means so much to me."

Barrow leaves this weekend for her fourth round of Chemotherapy. Later on in the news we'll show you that handing over ceremony.

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#427662 - 01/13/12 02:38 PM Re: PRIME MINISTERíS WIFE DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER [Re: Marty]
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Kim Simplis Barrow shares journey with breast cancer

Kim Simplis-Barrow, the Prime Minister's wife, was diagnosed with stage three cancer in November. Two tumors were discovered in her left breast, and the cancer had spread to lymph nodes under her left armpit and lymph nodes next to her chest bone. Since the diagnosis, Mrs. Barrow has been travelling abroad for an aggressive course of treatment. Mrs. Barrow has begun chemotherapy in before doing a mastectomy. Today, for the first time since her diagnosis, she spoke publicly of her battle.

Kim Simplis-Barrow
Today is a good day; I am feeling good today and you just take it one day at a time. Itís just taking it one day at a time and know that every session that you take is a step closer to being healthy. Itís hard, but it is a step closer to being healthy and thatís the positive. You have to stay positive and you have to stay focus on that. You are looking forward to that day and thatís what I am doing, looking forward to that day. My family has been very supportive, as you know, my husband has been with me from day one and he has supported me throughout this; he has been there. My daughter has been amazing; she has been handling it really well and off course all the prayers and positive thoughts that come my way.

Mrs. Barrow says that as an official advocate for women and children, she has always been supportive of the fight against cancer which is why she is open with the public on the state of her health. Mrs. Barrow leaves the county again on Saturday to continue her chemo therapy on Tuesday of next week.

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