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Here's Why 'Dog The Bounty Hunter' Star Beth Chapman Went Public With Cancer Diagnosis

Earlier this year, Beth Chapman, star of TV’s ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ received the devastating news that she had throat cancer. Chapman was adamant about the fact that she wanted to share her story with the public, and she’s stayed true to her word. As TooFab shares, Monday’s special episode, "Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives," was dedicated to her ordeal.

Viewers would go through Beth’s initial visits to the doctors, how she informed her family, and the surgery and aftermath she went through back in September.

"It was a real reality check for me. I felt like to be an honest person, I'm going to share this with my fans as honestly as I can,” Chapman explained. “Hopefully, one or two people will go and get early detection and their lives will be saved because of us."

"A lot of her fans have gone through this. At the very beginning, once they told us, she was devastated, we all were, but she went, 'Honey, we're gonna film this and we're gonna show everybody how to beat this,'" Dog added.

Beth adds that she learned to appreciate her own fans even more as she tended to her own battle, especially the ones that have suffered through cancer themselves.

"It puts a real reality on you that your life could be gone in an instant," Beth added. "You come to a place where you start to appreciate all of these fans that are watching your show while they're sitting there being pumped full of chemo, hoping for you to make them laugh, if only for a second."

In October, Beth celebrated her 50th birthday, and it was a milestone she wasn’t all that sure she was going to see. Around that time, she had a special visit with a young fan that inspired her even further.

"Just a week ago, we visited a little girl with leukemia and it was important to get to her. She's 8. And for her, it was encouraging to see someone like me. Not only did she see me on TV, but then she saw me show up on her doorstep when she was clearly at her sickest. It just means so much to people,” she added.

“You have to take a breath, you have to stop and smell the roses because life is precious and you can't mess around with your health."

Dog was on hand for that interaction as well, and it’s quite clear that he was just as moved as Beth was.

"[The young girl] looked up at Beth and Beth showed her battle wound," he said, "and she said, 'Beth you made it, I'm gonna make it.'"

Kudos to Beth for using her platform to get the message out there. Early detection can make all the difference in the world when it comes to battling cancer, and the more people that become aware of that, the more people that will be proactive when it comes to their own health. When things don’t seem right, it’s best to get checked out.

Source: TooFab
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