Just a few months after her happily ever after, Abby St-Germain from the first season of 90 Day Fiancé revealed that her new husband, Louis Dubell, had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Despite the struggles, they’re clearly taking on this challenge as a team. In an emotional video, St-Germain is brought to tears as she shaves Dubell’s head in preparation of him starting chemotherapy treatment.
St-Germain appeared on the first season of Before The 90 Days, where she traveled from Haiti to the United States to marry her-then fiancé Sean Miller. The couple eventually broke up, but in December 2019 she announced that she had met Dubell who resides in the U.K. The couple married in March. However, in early July, St-Germain shared that Dubell had discovered a lump in his testicles which after examination, was cancerous. He immediately started undergoing treatment.
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I didn't post about what Louis has been going through because it wasn't mine to post. But now he's opened up about it, let me tell you: it's been awful. We both are trying to stay strong for each other but we can't always keep the tears in(mostly me). Now that the tumour is removed, let's hope the worst part is over. We both knew it was cancer before the doctor even confirmed it but we still were hoping it wasn't. Since it's a type of cancer that spreads really fast, now we can only hope it was removed before it even had the chance to spread anywhere.🙏🏾 God is able, he won't let that happen because he knows I want Louis to still be winding me up when I'm grey and old.❤ Lou is strong, he will get through this. We will get through this. Oh by the way #fuckcancer 📸Picture of us on our way to our first date: December 2018 @louis_dubell • • #happy #haitiangirl #haitianwomen #4chair #wanderlust #Haiti #90dayfiance #healthy_hair_journey #couplegoals #haitianfood #braids #naturalhairstyles #bwwm #interracialcouples #healthy_hair_journey #bigchop #interracialcouple #makeuptutorials #eyebrow #4chairdaily #knotlessbraids #4chairstyles
Despite the tumor being removed, Dubell shared on Instagram that the cancer had spread to his stomach and lung, but doctors reassured Dubell that his diagnosis was curable. For treatment, he will be starting chemotherapy rounds for three months. He knew chemotherapy would result in hair loss, so in order to prepare for the inevitable, he asked St-Germain to shave his head. Seeing as the pair have been open with his cancer journey on social media, they decided to share the experience with fans via Instagram (you can watch his wife lovingly relieving him of his locks below).
In the video, Dubell explains that he plans to start chemo in two days, and it was actually his brother’s idea to shave his head beforehand. St-Germain holds onto Dubell around the neck as he talks through his upcoming treatment and acknowledges it’ll be difficult.
“It’s going to be a bumpy three months,” Dubell admits.
“You have a whole life; three months is nothing,” St-Germain assures him. “Then you have a whole life to live.”
St-Germain is understandably emotional before she starts buzzing her husband’s hair off, but it eventually becomes a special moment between the two. While St-Germain buzzes Dubell’s hair, her tears turn into smiles and Dubell lightens the move by cracking jokes. In the end, Dubell admits he thinks the look suits him. “You have never looked more beautiful in your life,” St-Germain says to him.View this post on Instagram
Hey everyone I had my ct scan 9 days ago and I got some bad news when the doctor rang me up. It spread Into my stomach and lung. I was meant to start chemo last Wednesday but I was getting stomach pains so the doctor booked me in for another scan/ blood tests. I'm glad I had a ct scan because I was only originally gonna go on a small course of chemo then have a scan 2 weeks after treatment and it wouldn't have been enough. I will be now going on some intence chemotherapy for few 3 months. My doctor said its very curable still so I just need to keep my positive head on me. Its going to be a very bumpy ride but I will get through this. Thank you yo my lovely wife for her unconditional love and support and also Thank you for all the kind words and everyone that has supported me on here, it means so much I love you all🙏💙 iv accepted it and had my cries and i am now ready for battle. Iv got to get ill to get better I suppose. Let the journey begin 💪💪#fuckcancer
Hair Loss During Chemotherapy: How Cancer Families Grew Closer
Hair loss can be an extremely emotional experience for a person to go through, and in some cases they may choose to shave their head beforehand so they don’t have to watch their hair fall out. Instead of dwelling on this, cancer survivors have talked to SurvivorNet about how they turned shaving into their head into a bonding moment with the rest of their family.
Erica Stolper was only seven years old when her mother, Melissa Berry, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Melissa knew Erica dreamed of being a hair dresser at the time, so before she started undergoing chemotherapy, she asked Erica if she wanted to be her personal hair stylist and shave her head. The entire moment proved to be a bonding experience for the mother-daughter duo.
“It was a big bonding moment that I think we had, because it was the first step that she really took into her whole journey,” Erica says about her mother. “It was cool to be a part of with her.”
While Erica helped her mother shave her head, the Beadle family took on hair loss in an unconventional way. Brittney Beadle was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at just 18 years old, and once her hair started falling out while undergoing chemotherapy she decided to buzz it all off. Well, she was in for a pleasant surprise. To show their support, Brittney’s mother and brother also decided to shave their heads in solidarity.
“When my hair started falling out, I’m like, mom, we need to shave my hair,” Beadle says. “So she took the buzzer, and she shaved her head just with me…My brother, Jesse, took the buzzers, and he shaved both of our hair for us, and he fixed it up. Then, he’s like, I’m going to do this too. He took the buzzers, and he shaved his head as well. So we were just a family of shaved heads.”