Beth Chapman Rejects Chemotherapy, Saying Cancer Is ‘the Ultimate Test of Faith’

May 18, 2019 Updated: May 26, 2019

Duane “Dog” Chapman’s popular and beloved wife Beth has had her fans in knots waiting for good news since September of 2017. The 51-year-old TV star received her first diagnosis of stage 2 throat cancer at that time and has been bravely battling the disease ever since. Beth endured aggressive treatment, and her prognosis briefly looked good until a resurgence of the tumor just over a year later.

On Sunday, May 12, 2019, Beth gave a moving Mother’s Day speech at the Source Church in Bradenton, Florida, during which she briefly opened up about her current health status. Addressing churchgoers, as reported by People, Beth admitted that her diagnosis has been “the ultimate test of faith.” However, she diligently avoided placing any blame.

“I don’t go to God and go, ‘Why did I get cancer?’” she shared. “He’ll roll his eyes at me again, because I know why; because this is the ultimate test of faith.” Speaking to a sympathetic, enraptured congregation, Beth continued: “It is the evidence of things hoped for and it is the substance of things not known.”

Many have wondered whether Beth’s next words implied that she is no longer participating in chemotherapy treatment. “Chemotherapy is not my bag, people,” Beth shared, openly. “Sorry, that’s not for me. So for me, this is the ultimate test of faith. This is my ultimate lesson.” The born survivor remained philosophical about her condition and the lessons she is gleaning from it. “It will either be taught to me or to you,” she said, “and I am fine with taking the hit for everyone else …”

“Because I think I know another guy who did the same thing.”

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Another bend in the Road yet not the End of the Road . #faith #love #stayhumblepray

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Beth’s own Mother’s Day went on to be full of love and laughter after she enjoyed a visit from her son. “This guy had me laughing all weekend,” Beth posted beside a photo of her grinning son on Instagram. “What a joy to be around, thank you God for blessing me with such a kind young man,” she wrote.

Beth allegedly started chemotherapy treatments in January, which is a claim that was substantiated by Beth herself on her Instagram page shortly afterwards; she posted a selfie with the hashtags #cancersucks, #stayhumblepray, and #itsonlyhair, which got people talking.

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However, if Beth is indeed stopping her chemotherapy treatments, then it’s not the first time she has eschewed the advice of medical professionals. In November of 2018, Beth was rushed to an L.A. hospital for emergency surgery after experiencing difficulty breathing. She returned home to Colorado much faster than her doctors would have liked; her husband, Duane, told Us Weekly, “She was adamant, she just wanted to be home.”

A family statement on Duane’s Facebook page confirmed this: “She is now at home resting with her husband,” the statement read. “She and [husband Duane “Dog” Chapman] are so grateful for the thoughts and prayers from their fans. Keep them coming.” Duane frequently posts updates and messages of thanks on social media; it’s the best outlet for spreading news of all kinds, and despite recent heartbreaking setbacks, Duane and Beth are still set for a triumphant return to our screens in October.

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The married power couple starred in Dog the Bounty Hunter for eight seasons and will return in October of 2019 for Dog’s Most Wanted on WGN America. The new highly anticipated series follows the bounty hunter, his wife, and their team “The Dirty Dozen.” What’s the aim this time? To pursue and hopefully apprehend America’s (and more importantly, Dog’s!) most-wanted fugitives.

Until then, Beth’s friends, family, and fans have everything crossed that the next news is good news. We count ourselves among them.