Today’s bonus postcard is a special request from me to all of you wonderful readers – to please send all your positive thoughts and vibes to this wonderful lady pictured above as she continues to rebuild her health.
Most of you know how I met First Lady of Belize, Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow. The first time was last year during my assignment in Belize with the Belize Tourism Board. You also read about the second photo shoot I was assigned to complete of her while she was still undergoing treatment, for a UK magazine cover and feature this past February on women of strength. The above image is an outtake from our shoot.
Kim was unexpectedly hospitalized this week and in intensive care after some complications from her radiation treatment, but she is now stabilizing. Knowing her true strength of spirit and faith and all the love and support that surrounds her, I know she will be fine and stronger than ever. Still, I am asking if you could please take two minutes out of your day today to send good vibes and thoughts and prayers her way, on my behalf.
Almost a year to the date we first met, Kim has become a friend and like a sister. From looking out for me while I was in Belize last summer, to staying in touch even after I left Belize and even arranging for me to have a place to stay, at her sister’s, for a couple of weeks in Belize City while I returned there last December.
Just earlier this week we were messaging and checking in with each other. She joked that she would soon need a photo shoot since her hair was now growing back. Excited as always to hear of her progress, I threw in that I was always up for a quick trip to Belize and after all, I consider myself Kim Simplis’ official photographer! She laughed and said “yes you are!”
This past year I have seen two good friends battle breast cancer – first Jenny, then Kim – both below the age of 40. They moved past the initial shock faster than I did, kept their smile and their cheer. Their positivity has baffled and inspired me all at once. They would check in on me, even though they had so much more going on with their lives, including family loss! They may not realize this, but their strength, determination, faith, love and selflessness has shaped my own outlook on life for the better. I am simply not the same after this.
Kim Barrow has a big heart and helps so many in her country, she’s an inspiration.
I can’t wait to update all of you soon with news of our next photo shoot. I know it’s coming. And it’s going to be even more epic.
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