“Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Duane (Dog) Chapman is grappling with something thousands of Americans face every year – dealing with the possibility of losing a spouse to cancer. Beth Chapman’s throat cancer returned last month, and she was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.
In an interview with In Touch, Dog said that he is doing his best to stay strong for his wife, even though he’s struggling with the thought of losing her. “I have to keep faith,” Dog said. “I am the leader of the family. She thinks she is, but I am. I have to keep it where I don’t have any doubts and keep everything positive. I love my honey so much, I don’t know what I’m gonna do.”
Beth was first diagnosed with throat cancer in September 2017. She had surgery and was declared cancer-free at that time. In late-November, the Chapman family attorney confirmed that Beth was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night after having trouble breathing, and a mass in her throat was found to be cancerous.
Beth has been very open about her cancer fight ever since her diagnosis. She and her husband documented her fight in an A&E special called “Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives.” She also made sure to regularly update Instagram followers with news about her wellbeing. The day after she was rushed to the hospital for her cancer recurrence, Beth posted a sweet photo of Dog with her in her hospital bed with the caption, “Another bend in the road but not the end of the road.”
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Even though Dog admitted Beth’s condition is taking a toll on him, he said he will be there with her during every step of her fight. “I cry all the time,” he said. “I think I’m in a bad dream and I need to wake up. People keep saying to me, ‘Dog, are you OK?’ But I’m not the one who’s sick. I am going to be right there with her.”