Terry Crews' Special Day
- America’s Got Talent’s Terry Crews celebrated his 53rd birthday surrounded by lots of love when his wife Rebecca penned a touching post in honor of his special day.
- Rebecca was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in February 2020, and went through a double mastectomy in March 2020. Both Terry and Rebecca talked to SurvivorNet last August about Terry’s experience being a caregiver.
- Many couples have told SurvivorNet that taking on cancer was a difficult moment in their relationships, but often ended up bringing them closer together.
The couple have been married for 32 years and have known each other since they were just 19-years-old, so it’s safe to say that they have stayed by each other’s sides through all the ups and downs.Read More
“I’m so glad to have known you all these years and to walk with you along the journey to the greatness that you have achieved,” Rebecca wrote in her post. “I am so proud! I’m so happy to have been with you on this journey! Today we celebrate your walk of fame star, it will be a day will never forget! Yours forever.”
Crews, known for his acting role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and for being the host of America’s Got Talent, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“When you’re around the greats, it really helps your career,” Crews told Variety. “I’ve been blessed to work with the best in business and it only makes you better. When you’re around people like Andy Samberg and Sandler and Chris Rock, you can’t lose. It’s like playing on Michael Jordan’s team — you’re going to get a ring.”
View this post on Instagram
Rebecca Crews’ Breast Cancer Battle
In February 2020, Rebecca was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in March — right before COVID-19 shelter-in-place restrictions were implemented. During her treatment and recovery, she relied on Terry to not only take the reigns in the household, but also serve as her main caregiver after surgery due to restrictions brought on by the pandemic. However, the couple told SurvivorNet in an interview, that the experience only made their bond stronger.
“Our love right now is the strongest it’s ever been because we survived,” Crews told SurvivorNet. “We made it. You get a new appreciation for what life is. We’ve been through everything, but we have never faced a problem like this. It’s a whole new challenge, and I was proud of how she became a warrior. My wife is 100% cancer-free. This is a win.”
Couples Taking On Cancer Together
Similar to the Crews family, so many other couples never thought the challenges they would be taking on together would include cancer. However, watching your loved one battle the disease, and you serving them as a caretaker, can sometimes bring a pair even closer together than before.
This was the case for Michael and Xio Caruso, who have been married for over 10 years and faced the biggest challenge of their lives when they were both diagnosed with breast cancer. Michael was diagnosed first in January 2017 and as he was finishing up with chemotherapy, Xio received her diagnosis. Facing the disease together gave them a unique perspective that most couples facing the disease don’t have, they genuinely knew what the other was going through.
Not only did going through treatment together strengthen them as a couple, but it also taught them an important lesson that not enough men know that they can also be diagnosed. As a result, both Michael and Xio dedicate their lives to advocating for men to get themselves checked out in order to prevent a late-stage diagnosis. “We are basically advocates for a man to get checked, because a lot of men ignore it,” the couple previously told SurvivorNet. “If we can make one person just check themselves, at least, we’ve done our job.”