Beth revealed the cancer diagnosis in an open letter .
“As most of you know I’ve spent a lifetime facing tests and challenges I didn’t see coming and certainly never expected. I’ve been dealt my share of unexpected blows over the course of my almost fifty years but nothing as serious as the one I heard from my doctors two weeks ago when they uttered those dreaded three words, ‘You have cancer,
After months of a nagging cough, a routine checkup resulted in a diagnosis of stage 2 throat cancer,” she continued. “I have what is referred to as a T2 tumor in my throat that is blocking my breathing. My doctors are suggesting immediate treatment and surgery before the disease progresses.” Fortunately with stage 2 throat cancer, at this point it has not spread to the lymph nodes yet or other parts of the body.
To be certain, I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life, but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don’t expect it to start now. Still, I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me. I realize the road I am about to travel will be rocky, full of unexpected twists and turns. But I know one thing for sure. A bend in the road is not the end of the road,
To be certain, I’ve stared down the devil more than once in my life but I’ve never faced a real life or death decision. My life has never been easy, and I surely don’t expect it to start now. Still, I’ve never been a victim and I won’t let cancer beat me. I realize the road I am about to travel will be rocky, full of unexpected twists and turns. But I know one thing for sure. A bend in the road is not the end of the road.
There is no quick fix and no appealing options for treatment. Yes, cancer sucks,” she continued. “While I know my diagnosis, until I come out of my surgery, I do not yet know my prognosis. If all goes well, my doctors will be able to get the tumor
I will fight every step of the way. My husband and children are counting on me to be there for years to come,” Chapman wrote. “I am so very grateful to be surrounded by family and friends who have given me incredible support during this very challenging time.”
Miracle Treat Day is held annually by Dairy Queens across the country to help children battling cancer and other diseases. The money raised by the Stuarts Draft Dairy Queen goes to the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
Dairy Queen General Manger Kristi Lewis said Miracle Treat Day comes on July 27, and for every Blizzard sold that day, a minimum of $1 will be donated. Lewis said a cadre of sponsors is also promising to help with the day.
Also assisting the effort will be the appearance at the Stuarts Draft Dairy Queen of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter’’ Chapman. Lewis said Chapman will appear from 2 to 6 p.m. at the restaurant on July 27
Today we feature, long time Posse Member, and DTBH Security Specialist , Kaleo Padilla
Kaleo, a long time friend of Leland Chapman’s from the Big Island of Hawaii, joined the Posse when they needed an extra hand, usually with Sonny. Kaleo was a full time member of the now defunct show ” Dog And Beth: On The Hunt”
Kaleo now runs his own home renovation company and does excellent work. The Craftsmanship is A-one. You can see examples of his work at One Slap Renovations
Kaleo was a MMA and boxer. He now works with local kids , training them in the ways of the ring. All around good guy.
Check him out on twitter at @oneslap However, like many people now, he is more active on his Facebook page
You can follow Kaleo on his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kaleo.padilla
Great photo of Jamie and her parents, Leland and his young daughter, and Leland’s mom and her husband.