Beth Chapman, costar of the A&E series Dog the Bounty Hunter, has gone through surgery after being diagnosed with stage II throat cancer. Now, her husband, Duane “Dog” Chapman, is emotionally opening up about dealing with his wife’s medical woes.
On the latest episode of their podcast, Dog & Beth: Looking for Trouble, Duane talked about Beth’s cancer treatment and how he and their family is dealing with it. “Oh, what a tornado I’ve ridden for a couple weeks,” he said. “As some of you have heard, Beth is really sick, really sick.”
During the podcast episode, he took questions from fans both online and over the phone. He also told the story of how Beth found out she had throat cancer; Beth was too afraid to hear the news from the doctor, so she had Duane take the news. She is still recovering in Los Angeles and isn’t well enough to go back home to Hawaii.
Now, Duane and his family have had to deal with their new reality and handle the sadness that has come their way. “We’re all holding up as much as we can; the kids are kind of in denial, but as good as we can be and good as we can do,” he said. “This morning I heard a song that I wanted to bebop to, and all of a sudden, I was like, I can’t do this. I have to be sad. […] So my bebop is on stall but I’m hanging in there.”
As for Beth, she’s dealing with physical pain, plus emotional pain from the death of her beloved dog, Delilah. “On a one to 10, her pain is about a 9, so she’s doing—well, I don’t know how to answer that—she’s not good,” he said. “As well as to be expected. She’s a fighter, so believe me, she’s fighting.”
Beth is bedridden, Duane said, but is up every once in a while. One of her main complaints is wanting to exercise, but she can’t move a lot because of her neck. He said Beth will stay vocal in the fight against bail reform, despite her health issues. “I don’t think anything can silence Beth but death,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything that can keep Beth off the front lines.”