Dog the Bounty Hunter’s wife Beth Chapman is expected to undergo immediate treatment after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
The 49-year-old – who has been married to Duane “Dog” Chapman for 11 years – wrote a letter to friends which has been published online.
Chapman began: “As most of you know I’ve spent a lifetime facing tests and challenges I didn’t see coming and certainly never expected. I’ve been dealt my share of unexpected blows over the course of my almost fifty years but nothing as serious as the one I heard from my doctors two weeks ago when they uttered those dreaded three words, ‘You have cancer.’”
She continued, according to Us Weekly: “After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage II throat cancer. I have what is referred to as a T2 Tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses.”
Despite the diagnosis, Chapman remains positive and said that “her life has never been easy, so she doesn’t expect it to start being so now.”
She went on: “To be certain, I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don’t expect it to start now.
“Still, I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me. 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. A bend in the road is not the end of the road.
“There is no quick fix and no appealing options for treatment. Yes, cancer sucks. While I know my diagnosis, until I come out of my surgery, I do not yet know my prognosis. If all goes well, my doctors will be able to get the tumor.”
Fans have been taking to Twitter to share their well wishes since the news emerged online, with one person posting: “Prayers to Dog the Bounty Hunter/Duane Chapman and his family as Beth Chapman battles cancer! Let’s pray for her to win the battle!”
“Sending you lots of love and prayers. #bethchapman,” a second added.