Throughout Beth Chapman’s journey with lung cancer, her husband and reality TV partner in crime Duane “Dog The Bounty Hunter”, has been by her side and ready to help. Now, Duane is getting a moment’s rest amidst the mayhem, and Beth is taking the opportunity to appreciate all that he has done. It’s an important reminder to all cancer survivors that putting family first can reap enormous rewards when you’re undergoing cancer treatment.
“HE SLEEPS!” Beth begins in her update, posting a playful snap of Dog dozing shirtless. “When he finally does sleep you can still see the worry and stress on his face. He has been by my side nonstop since this happened strong and encouraging me every day!”READ MORE
Indeed, when it comes to fighting cancer, we in the SurvivorNet community know well the importance of family as a core source of strength. Support from family members can aid in emotional health and aid in a positive recovery outcome.
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HE SLEEPS ! When he finally does sleep you can still see the worry and stress on his face , He has been by my side non stop since this happened strong and encouraging me every day ! There is no doubt we’re my strength comes from . Being with him is the most important thing to me . Ours is one of the greatest love story’s never told . ❤️ It’s a love worth fighting ???? 4! Ty for loving me sooo much @duanedogchapman #Nevergiveup #nevergivein #wgnamerica
“There is no doubt we’re [sic] my strength comes from,” the caption continues. “Being with him is the most important thing to me. Ours is one of the greatest love [stories] never told. ❤️ It’s a love worth fighting [for]! [Thank you] for loving me sooo much @duanedogchapman #Nevergiveup #nevergivein #wgnamerica.”
(Beth’s choice of the #wgnamerica hashtag is a promotion for her and Dog’s new reality program, “Dog’s Most Wanted”. The WGN America network which will broadcast the much-anticipated show has yet to announce a premier date, something that’s frustrated Beth).
Beth has been very open about her cancer battle this time around — and the ups and downs of facing cancer in the public eye. She was diagnosed with cancer for a second time in late 2018. Initially she was diagnosed with throat cancer, went into remission, but was later diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. And even though she’s been open about the journey she is on over the past few months, it’s unclear what kind of treatment she is currently undergoing.
On Mother’s Day, in Beth’s first public speaking appearance since she was diagnosed again, Beth told congregants at the Source Church in Bradenton, Florida, that she is not undergoing chemotherapy — and that she’s really putting her faith in God as she battles the disease. “This is the ultimate test of faith,” Beth said during the event. “It is the evidence of things hoped for, and it is the substance of things not known. And although chemotherapy is not my bag, people, sorry, that’s not for me. So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith.”
Family has been really important to the Chapman family throughout this journey, and this isn’t the only recent example of their closeness and loyalty. This Memorial Day weekend she thanked her nephew, Justin Bihag, for coming to her defense against cruel online trolls who’ve attacked her in her time of struggle.
“Cancer is no joke!” Bihag, a former cast member of the new defunct reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter”, wrote on Twitter. “And anybody who thinks you can tease or mock or hurt someone going through it, is not only disrespectful, but stupid [as f–]! Lost my grandfather last year, and it appauls [sic] me to see family or fans come after my Aunt [Beth Chapman] at this time.”
Cancer is no joke! And anybody who thinks you can tease or mock or hurt someone going through it, is not only disrespectful, but stupid af! Lost my grandfather last year, and it appauls me to see family or fans come after my Aunt @MrsdogC at this time! #NoClass #GetAGrip
— Justin D. Bihag (@JustinDBihag23) May 26, 2019
He added the hashtags “No class” and “Get a grip.” at the end of his message, which elicited a thankful tweet from his aunt.
“Love you bruddah jus,” Beth wrote endearingly.
On Thursday and Friday, we told you how Beth has expressed hurt and sorrow over her stepdaughter allegedly not wishing her well for mother’s day; not inviting her to the graduation of Dog’s granddaughter; and supposedly blocking her and Dog on social media platforms. Stepdaughter Lyssa denied the charges (which Beth standing her ground). And as the disagreement between stepmother and stepdaughter dragged on in the very public forum of Twitter, online trolls crept in, crashing Beth’s Twitter comment field to suggest that Beth’s social media airing of family dirty laundry was not constructive.
On Friday, Beth would have nothing of it.
“I’m just blocking and deleting today,” she said of cutting off social media trolls who criticize and harass her despite the fact that she’s a cancer survivor currently in, as she’s put it, the fight of her life. “I take no s— remember that! This feed is not for your opinions it’s for mine! Got it,” a defiant Beth, 51, wrote.
A user named Ashley had made the insensitive comment that “her posting their personal problems online just fuels the fire and creates an even bigger fire. I get she’s just trying to reach out to [Beth’s stepdaughter] baby Lyssa but it’s obvious she doesn’t want to be reached this way. It just makes it worse,” said “Ashley”.
To which Beth responded: “Ashley maybe you don’t get that it’s none of your business and your opinion is not wanted or needed here I’m 52 years old and I been her mom a long ass time I obviously know far more than you so sit down and shut up or get off my page!”
And now Justin has stepped into the fray to defend his aunt. His appeal to trolls to “get a life” was met with strong support from Beth’s online fans.
“I lost my dad to Cancer a year and a half ago and it still hurts,” wrote one fan. “People should shut their mouths and say nothing if they can’t say anything nice or supportive.”
I TOTALLY agree with you. I too lost my husband. Week’s ago. To Cancer (s). Cancer is No Joking Matter!” wrote another.