Dog the Bounty Hunter star Beth Chapman saddened fans when she revealed she was battling stage two throat cancer. The T2 tumor on the back of her throat was so troublesome, it caused Beth to have breathing problems.
The reality star and wife of Duane “Dog” Chapman was a bit discouraged by the diagnosis when doctors told her she had a 50/50 chance of survival.
She explained during a two-hour special for A&E:
“As I start this battle, I don’t see a lot of optimism.”
In Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives, the couple took viewers on their emotional journey from Beth’s diagnosis through to her treatment and recovery.
According to US Weekly, Beth wrote a letter to her friends, explaining that the diagnosis was one of the most difficult things she had ever faced in her life:
“I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision.”
Despite the prognosis, she vowed to fight and beat the odds. She added:
“My life has never been easy, and I surely don’t expect it to start now. Still, I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me.”
Back in 2006, Beth Chapman wed Dog the Bounty Hunter. He has been her rock and support system throughout the entire process. He noted on the A&E special:
“If you love me, Lord, you’ll let me die first. Don’t let me bury Bethy.”
Beth had surgery to remove the tumor but recovery wasn’t easy. Fortunately, the couple got good news when they received the pathology results.
She was cancer free.
Dog told People:
“When we made a pledge many years ago I said I’d love her in sickness and in health until death do us part. And that truth has really, really come alive in my mind. And I have to stand on that; I gave her an oath that I would love her forever. And thank God it’s not till death do us part at this point.”
Watch an emotional interview with the couple in the video below: