Dog The Bounty Hunter's Wife Beth Faces Harsh Truth After Seemingly Beating Cancer
Illnesses are one of the worst parts of human existence, and they make no discrimination as to nationality, creed, religion, and age. Even the most well-known people, or at least their closest relatives as it's in this case, can go through this bitter and burdensome experience. Do you remember Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman? He knows from first-hand experience what this feels like.
His wife, Beth Chapman, was diagnosed with cancer last year, and although everything seemed well after her treatment, it appears that the dreaded disease is back. She was recently rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgery. We have all the details of this shocking and sad story in the following article. Let's take a look at what is going on in the life of the star of Dog the Bounty Hunter.
Her previous nightmare
Alice Elizabeth "Beth" Barmore, who Duane has been with since 1986, was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in early 2017. Beth revealed the diagnosis through a letter to all her friends and relatives explaining that she has spent a lifetime facing tests and challenges and that she has dealt with her share of unexpected blows throughout her 50 years of life. However, nothing was as serious as what she heard from her doctors. She added:
"They uttered those dreaded three words, ‘You have cancer.' After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage II throat cancer. I have what is referred to as a T2 Tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses."
Back then, the couple even decided to share the grueling experience in a two-hour special series called Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives, which was aired in November 2017 on A&E. Beth had to undergo a 13-hour surgery to have the cancerous tumor removed from her neck. 65-year-old Duane previously opened up about the experience saying the health battle had brought them together ever closer. He also revealed:
"She woke up once in the middle of the night, and she’s like, ‘Honey, I’m gonna die.’ I said, ‘No, you’re not gonna die, and I’m not gonna hear that.’ She goes, ‘Yes, I am. You’re so stupid, how are you gonna make it by yourself?’ It has brought us closer. I’ve been with her since she was 19, she’s almost 100. Every picture I see of us together, I remember where it was. It just makes all those moments that you shared the love a lot more real when that could be what you’re left with: just the moments."
Two months after the couple announced the news of Chapman’s diagnosis, they received a life-changing phone call informing that Beth showed no signs of cancer. Everything seemed like a success as she was found cancer-free very shortly thereafter, and her life was going back to normality again. However, after a year of the cheerful announcement, the terrible illness appears to be knocking at her door again.
The new information
According to reports, the American-Italian bounty hunter was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a hospital located in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 27. Chapman spent the previous night with difficulties breathing, so they decided to go to the hospital. She was promptly hospitalized as she had a life-threatening blockage in her throat that was obstructing her airways and, thus, impeding her breathing.
Beth needed to undergo an emergency procedure to remove a large mass doctors found. It was later determined that the mass was the return of her throat cancer. She was put under anesthesia quickly, and her surgery began straight after that. On Tuesday afternoon just after 2:00 pm, the operation had finished, and Dog's wife was taken into recovery. Dog told US Magazine that he was staying by his wife's side at the hospital praying for the best.
Some more details
They were also expecting more family on their way to the medical center to support them through these tough times, particularly after their son, Duane Lee, previously revealed the mass was life-threatening. The family is waiting to have a better idea of how the procedure went and the seriousness of the situation to evaluate future treatments. Andrew Brettler, the family's lawyer, explained that the 51-year-old wife's condition was dire.
Brettler also stated that all parties involved were hoping for the best outcome. Moreover, he confirmed to USA Today that the family returned home to Colorado from LA the following Sunday, despite the doctors' advise not to do so. He explained that the doctors didn't want to let her leave the hospital, but Beth was adamant that she only wanted to go home. The attorney added some more details upon returning home:
"She’s much more comfortable now (that) she can breathe, but she just wanted to come back to Colorado; she loves it here. Beth slept for almost an entire day, and she was more comfortable. Then, she got up, and she was trying to do things around the house, trying to do laundry and wash the dishes. I said to her, ‘I’ve done all that, don’t worry.'"
A healthy life some days before
No wonder why this news might have come as a total shock to Beth and her husband as the couple was spotted that Monday evening leaving Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood. The wife looked in good spirits and with a huge smile on her face while enjoying some time with her spouse. Beth was wearing some casual clothing: leather booties, black jeans, and a white jacket over a black top featuring a cat face graphic.
Even two weeks before the fateful news, Dog and his team of armed men made headlines after rescuing 35-year-old Jamie Jungers, Tiger Woods' former mistress, and former stripper, from a Sin City drug house where she was having sex with high-profile businessmen in return for heroin. Jamie was fragile and skinny after being held in that house giving sexual favors. The lady blamed Tiger Woods for her problems.
The rise to fame
As you might remember, the dynamic duo became TV personalities with the A&E series called Dog The Bounty Hunter, a TV show revolving around the chronicles of Duane "Dog" Chapman's like a bounty hunter. It aired for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012. A year later in April, Duane and Beth had a spin-off called Dog and Beth: On the Hunt which aired until August 2015. The last return of the family to the screen was with the special during the health battle last year.
Only time will tell what will unfold in Beth and her husband's life, but we hope the best for her during these tough times. Did you know this pair of bounty hunters? Did you watch their show? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section, and share this article with other fans of the series so that they get to know what's going on with our beloved TV personalities these days. Until next time!