Beth Chapman introduces first great-grandchild to the world amidst cancer battle
Diagnosed with the life-shattering disease back in September 2017, Beth Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife, has been battling cancer for years. The ordeal was aired on an A&E special, ‘Dog and Beth: Fight Of Their Live’, where they shared Beth’s cancer journey. However, Beth finally received some positive news that filled her heart - she just recently welcomed her first great-grandchild into the world. Let's take a look at her journey from the start.
THIS ISN'T HER FIRST BATTLE
When Chapman first received the diagnoses, she was determined to keep her faith and stay positive. “I realize the road I am about to travel will be rocky, full of unexpected twists and turns. But I know one thing for sure,” she said. “Another bend in the road yet not the end of the road. I will fight every step of the way. My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come. I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time.”
After a 13-hour cancer removal surgery, and the removal of a T2 tumor which was the size of a plum, everyone was relieved to see that Beth was recovering well and that cancer disappeared entirely three months later. However, an emergency surgery (which removed a mass from her throat, twice as big this time) that took place in November 2018, presented the couple with some devastating news - the throat cancer had returned.
SHE'S CURRENTLY FIGHTING
The 51-year-old reality star began chemotherapy in Los Angeles, California a month later. However, in an upsetting report by E! News, there’s only a 50% chance the chemo would work. Her case was described as “incurable”, as it started affecting her lungs as well. After being notified of the seriousness of the situation, the couple started searching elsewhere for other treatments, in cities such as Boston and Houston.
US Weekly was exclusively told by a source, though, that Chapman knew something was up long before the official diagnosis. Apparently, she had been feeling ill for a while. The source stated, “Beth had not been feeling well for a number of months and finally decided to get checked out. She needed to see her specialist, who is based in Los Angeles. Thankfully, she did when she did. It could have been dramatically worse if she never had that appointment.”
However, it seems like the star can’t get a break with everything that’s happening around her. Chapman left heartbroken once again when she announced that her pet dog, LBJ, had passed away. Beth shared the sad news on Twitter: “Lost my precious LBJ he was such a good boy the best hiking buddy anyone could ever have. He just never fully recovered from his horrendous surgery .. Your Delilah awaits you on the rainbow bridge be free sweet baby.” Fans of the Chapmans know how deeply they feel the loss of their pet, because of how much they value these lovable animals on social media.
THE SUPPORT IS REMARKABLE AND HEARTWARMING
Fortunately, the support Beth has been receiving has been overwhelming, from both her family and friends, to her supportive fans. Everybody wholeheartedly believes that Chapman has the resiliency and strength to power through. When asked about how the star is coping with her treatment, Andrew Brettler, the Chapman’s family attorney, told E! News, "They are going well, but they certainly take their toll on Beth. She's a trooper though and a very tough lady."
The attorney confirmed that the family is staying strong, powering through this together, and keeping faith in Beth’s fight: "I understand that the situation is very serious. We are all concerned for her and the well-being of her family." Over the holidays, Dog and Beth stayed at their Colorado home, where a source previously said the couple has been busy "trying very hard to keep things as normal as possible for their children."
The reality star’s family keeps giving as much moral support as they possibly can. Lyssa, Duane’s daughter, shared a special, and supportive message on Chapman’s social media page in light of her battle:
HOW SHE'S COPING
Despite the flood of bad news, Chapman has shown us directly that she’s not planning on giving up this fight easily. Despite her bleak diagnosis, Beth has decided to continue filming. According to the attorney, the Chapman family started the process of filming their new WGN show. Although it’s important to mention that it hasn’t necessarily been an easy path - he added that the family just has “a lot on their plate” right now. Beth’s husband Duane is also doing everything in his power to support his wife in whichever way he can. He stood by her side all throughout this journey but was forced to return to his “full-time bounty hunting” job, so he can cover the cost of his wife’s medical bills.
During times like the anxiety and stress of battling with such a disease can become overpowering. And when you’re dealing with something as devastating as Beth’s situation, it’s important to watch yourself not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Chapman said so herself that stress can be dangerous - and she’s right about that. The couple made the decision to leave the hospital and go home instead, where Beth feels more at peace and relaxed.
“She’s much more comfortable now she can breathe, but she just wanted to come back to Colorado, she loves it here,” the Bounty Hunter star shared in an InTouch report. “They told us they didn’t want her to leave the hospital, but she was adamant, she just wanted to be home. We have the test results coming in tomorrow.”
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Whilst continuing her fight and hoping for the best, it was revealed that the couple’s show that captivated American’s - 'Dog’s Most Wanted' - is returning to the big screen sometime this year. With all the bleak news the two have been receiving, this is something Beth and Doug can be excited about, and it will especially be thrilling news for their fans as well.
THEIR LITTLE RAY OF SUNSHINE
A glimmering light shined through all the dark news, as Beth and Duane ecstatically announced the new addition to their family; the couple has finally become great-grandparents! Coming in five weeks early, the son of 23-year-old Dakota Chapman was brought into this world, bringing loads of positivity and happiness into the Chapman household as well. And it seems like this is exactly what the reality star needed. They all celebrated the joyous event, with Beth unable to hold back her pride, posting her on social media
In the post, she congratulated her 42-year-old son, saying that that it will only get better after this. The name of the baby is still unknown.
We know one thing for sure: this has been a difficult journey for Beth in the last few years. But, what’s most important, is that the reality star keeps her energy and her fight; and with the support system she has, we’re positive that the star is going to come out stronger than ever. Share your thoughts and support about Beth Chapman’s long battle with cancer below. Stay tuned for more updates.