A Texas couple is feeling extra blessed after beating Covid, cancer, and finishing chemo together.
Robert and Janice Beecham have been married for 46 years, and this year they are happy to be recovering after a spring full of turmoil.
"It's a blessing to be here because a lot of people didn't make it," Janice told CNN.
Robert Beecham said he and Janice had been following the safety rules, but he started to feel symptoms of the virus. A week and a half later, he still wasn't feeling well, so the couple got tested.
The next day, on March 25, he called his son and agreed to be taken to the hospital.
"He knew me agreeing without a fight meant that I was feeling pretty terrible," he said.
His anniversary was a motive to get homeRobert was admitted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas alone and found out the next day that he had tested positive. He was moved to another floor and started his road to recovery, a feat he attributes to his doctor, Satyam Nayak.
"Dr. Nayak and I would open up casual conversations and it would take my mind off the virus," he said.
Robert told the doctor about having two strokes, one in 2012 and 2016, and missing out on an anniversary. He found himself in the same situation this year, so Nayak decided to use that as motivation to get him home.
Janice has a positive test of her ownMeanwhile, Janice had just recovered from having surgery in February after a second battle with breast cancer and finding out about a new diagnosis with ovarian cancer. She also tested positive for the virus, but luckily, she told CNN, her symptoms were mild.
"Once I got home, and we did the quarantine, I was getting progressively better but Janice still had issues with her health," Robert said. "We're best friends, it was just tough."
Because of her diagnosis, Janice had not yet started the chemo treatments required for her cancer diagnoses.
Now, after surviving two surgeries, the virus, and chemo, being declared cancer free, the Beechams only have one thing to say.
"It would have been impossible to make it with all the odds against you without God, and he has been our help, all these many years," Robert said.
Janice still has preventative radiation coming up, but the two said they are blessed to be alive and blessed to have celebrated another year together.