The 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star has finally revealed some intimate details about her struggle with cancer in her first interview since undergoing surgery.
In September 2017, Dog the Bounty Hunter star Beth Chapman was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer for the first time. She was rushed to the hospital after receiving her diagnosis and had to undergo surgery. Beth was deemed cancer-free once the surgery was complete. For an entire year, she remained free of cancer. Unfortunately, she had another cancer scare just as she was celebrating twelve months healthy. Late last year, in November 2018, she was once again rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in the city of Los Angeles as cancer had returned. She underwent a second surgery wherein doctors removed a cancerous tumor from her throat. Currently, she is receiving treatment to alleviate the deadly illness. In an interview with KHON2 News, she opened up about her struggle with cancer and how she is coping.
"I am feeling pretty good now," Beth revealed. "Being back home is a lot better for me. It's high stress right now. It's a lot of stress, but honestly, local living is a de-stressor." The Chapmans are currently looking for a new storefront for their merchandise store as the property their outlet is presently in is being developed. She continued, "It doesn't matter what I've been through, I can step out onto my porch and breathe." Beth left the hospital despite doctors' recommendations last year.
"I get to see the beautiful ocean and know that the people in the mainland only have four hours a day to call me and bother me," she added humorously, flashing a bright and joyous grin. The Chapmans are based out of Hawaii and own and operate their bail bond company out of the island state. "So, life is good. It's okay. I value every single day, I can tell you that. And you know, even though the outlook is grim, I don't want to live it like that." Beth is known for her positivity and optimistic outlook on life.
She also revealed some details about the treatment she is receiving for her cancer. "There [are] lots of treatments out there. Some are more harmful than others, some are going to work better than others. And a lot of that stuff is not available here, so I have to travel outside of Hawaii to get some of the experimental treatments that are going on across the country so that's a little bit of what we will be doing. We're looking for something, you know?"
Beth went on to discuss what the cancer diagnosis and treatment has been like for her. Many of her fans know her as the tough and determined bounty hunter on television - and it seems that she is taking that persona off-screen to confront her illness. "I just don't wanna be that person who lets their children watch them die at their bedside like that. It's just really out of character. So for the last four days, I've been chasing bad guys on the big island and I didn't even notice I was sick."
She also had an empowering message to share with her loving fans who have been a big support to her throughout this journey. "Don't worry about me, my fans," she affirmed. "I'm a fighter. I'm a strong fighter. I'm a big-time survivor. And I am going to fight this as vigorously as it is fighting me. That's all we can do." Beth even had a small request to ask from her fans, some who have been so dedicated that they have shaved their heads in her honor. "Don't anybody go out and shave their heads, please, in my honor. Please don't do that."
Regarding the property's closure, Beth stated, "Basically, everybody in the building has to go." Despite how iconic the Dog the Bounty Hunter store has become, the Chapmans' storefront is one of many in the community that is being forced to move out. "Unfortunately, we've been here for so long. It's a sad day for us because all of our fans they travel here from Europe and Canada and they just wanna take a picture with the Da Kine Bail Bonds sign on the windows..."
"You know, this is where [our fans] could always come to get a little piece of Dog and feel like they were part of the show," she explained. According to Beth, the show is still running on A&E, three to four hours a day. While the reruns are still exciting to watch, the Chapmans announced a new show that is set to premiere soon. Titled Dog's Most Wanted, the highly anticipated series will feature Duane and Beth as they reprise their roles as bounty hunters, embarking on dangerous treks with their team.
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Many of her fans found comfort and empowerment in her story. One YouTube user commented, "This made me cry. When she found out [about her cancer diagnosis] in 2017, I was going through chemo. My chemo didn't work so now I am terminal with less than a year to live. I am a single mom, my 3 kids are watching me slowly pass away. Whoever is fighting cancer also, you're not alone. And to the survivors, keep on fighting and live your life!"