Beth Chapman Shows Off Her Scars Following Cancer Surgery
UPDATE (1/2/18 at 11:38 a.m. ET):
Beth Chapman is learning to love her cancer scars.
The Dog the Bounty Hunter star was diagnosed with throat cancer in September and quickly underwent surgery to remove the tumor.
Now that she’s officially cancer-free, the 50-year-old is accepting her new scars.
"Embracing the unembraceable #newbeginnings #newyear. Prior to my surgery, I had no lines, no wrinkles, a perfect neck if you will,” she wrote on Instagram.
“It has been very hard to look at this in the mirror, it serves as a constant reminder of something I’d love to forget.”
She continued, “However some life lessons you should never forget, only learn from them and learn to embrace them so today I reveal my worst battle scar and know that things will get better in #2018.”
Click on to learn more about her cancer scare.
Original story (11/22/17 at 10:52 a.m. ET):
Cancer is devastating in and of itself, but imagine having to tell the kids.
It was a major struggle for Dog the Bounty Hunter to tell his children that their mom, Beth Chapman, was diagnosed with throat cancer.
And ahead of the family's A&E special, he's sharing how he broke the news.
As Wetpaint reported, Beth revealed in September that she was diagnosed with stage 2 throat cancer.
In a heartfelt letter, she shared that doctors found a T2 tumor in her throat, which was blocking her breathing, and she immediately underwent surgery and began treatment.
And even at the very beginning stages of her diagnosis, her husband and kids were what kept her strong.
“I will fight every step of the way. My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come,” she wrote in the note.
“I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time."
And as Dog, real name Duane Chapman, reveals, telling the kids in the first place was a challenge in and of itself.
"They would not accept the fact that mom was even sick," the 64-year-old told Radar Online.
"When I had to break it down to them it became mutiny on the bounty. It was devastating to me."
Duane and Beth share three children, Bonnie, Gary, and Cecily, and she has a son, Dominic, from a previous relationship.
We'll learn more about the family's struggle with Beth's diagnosis in a two-hour A&E special airing next week titled Dog and Beth: The Fight of Their Lives.
“At that moment [of the diagnosis] I was like, ‘I’m going to go absolutely nuts if I don’t have something to do.’ So many people who reached out to me over the years had been a complete blessing to us," the 50-year-old said of why they wanted to share their story.
"We’ve shared so many things with our fans. The death of our daughter, the death of my father, baby Lisa’s wedding, our wedding. There were too many moments of our life we shared. It only makes sense that we should share it as well."
Beth has a 50/50 chance of surviving this cancer, but she's remaining positive yet also realistic about her grim diagnosis.
“You have to have a little bit of realism. You have to look at the situation and think, this is serious stuff. You can’t always candy coat it…I want to hope for the best always, but you’re not always going to get the best,” she admitted.
“I needed to be realistic about things, and not look at this through rose-colored glasses. Because it isn’t rosy.”
Watch the teaser below for a first look at the family's emotional special, and stay tuned to Wetpaint for our exclusive chat with Beth and Dog.
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Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives airs Monday, November 27 on A&E.