After more than a year of battling colon cancer, actor and popular emcee Antoine Williams is reporting that his disease is now in remission.
Williams, who is affectionately referred to as Brudda Daddy, broke the news today during the launch of a non-communicable disease (NCD) awareness project founded by Miss Barbados World Ashley Lashley.
“I only recently got the news that I am now a cancer survivor, having undergone a year and some months of treatment. I was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer, which meant that it had spread from one organ to another and in my case it was the liver. So I was really lucky,” said Williams, who underwent surgery last June, which along with treatment, cost close to $200,000.
Williams attributed his recovery to living a stress free life as well as the outpouring of support which he received after he took the public into his confidence over his illness.
“Beyond the medical attention, mental aptitude and positive attitude would make a difference. I believe that when you allow stress to overcome you then it fights against any success medically.
“Your body is going through a lot of stress and shock and you have to be mentally prepared to accept what is taking place while preparing oneself mentally to fight it,” he said, emphasizing that he did not regret the decision to forego his privacy in order to share the journey with Barbadians.
“I made my illness public because of my public profile and I felt it necessary to let Barbadians know what is happening. In our small society, you can’t really hide anything. The groundswell of support really was amazing and it had the double reward of boosting other persons.
“I had persons come to me and thank me for letting people know. In Barbados we tend to live with our secrets as far as sickness is concerned. However, when we share, you find that it is a boost for a lot of people,” Williams explained.
During his illness, Williams’ fellow artistes stepped up by organizing several charity events to assist with his medical bills.
Sade Leon Slinger-Folkes, Anthony Admiral Nelson, Eleanor Rice-Watson and Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire were the principals behind the initiative.
Today Williams extended thanks to all those who encouraged and supported him during his time of need.