Local mum’s ‘Christmas miracle’ at going into remission after cancer battle

Kayte with her son, Jacob, at the Santa Run in the Fair City.

Kayte Brook-Simpson celebrated the Christmas it looked like she may never have seen.

The 46-year-old was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in January.

Doctors had told her chemotherapy wasn’t working and that the cancer was spreading — but now Kayte is in remission.

Recently, she joined fellow members of the Perth Church of the Nazarene congregation for their festive extravaganza.

Prior to that, she took part in the five-kilometre Santa Run in the Fair City with her six-year-old son, Jacob, by her side.

Kayte said: “I went through three sessions of chemotherapy and was told it wasn’t working and that the cancer was spreading. Another course of treatment was begun and after it was finished, I was given the good news the cancer was no longer visible.

“Yet, at one stage, the cancer was spread across two-thirds of my breast tissue. I knew God would heal me and I am happy to say that it’s a miracle.

“I owe a great debt to the medics who treated me at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh — they were absolutely amazing.

“My radiotherapy treatment has also been completed, so it’s going to be a very merry Christmas.

“I celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary on November 28, now I’m looking forward to Christmas and 2018.

“During my illness, the hardest thing was seeing what my family and friends were going through. It was tough for them, but the journey we have all been through looks like having a happy ending.”

Athletics is a passion for Kayte and, throughout her illness, she went out running when she was feeling well enough, sometimes for 10km at a time.

She said: “The runs were challenging, but I was determined to accomplish them. I’m going to be doing the Edinburgh Half Marathon to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.”