In early September, Beth Chapman, star of the hit show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and wife of Duane “Dog” Chapman of 11 years, shared some devastating news: She had cancer.

According to Us Weekly, the 49-year-old Colorado native was diagnosed with Stage II throat cancer. In a moving letter obtained by the publication, she explained the diagnosis to her friends and loved ones, writing:

“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 II throat cancer. 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.”

She continued, explaining that despite the rough road ahead, she remains confident in her ability to overcome the disease:

“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.”

Last week, Beth underwent a 12-hour surgery, according to Us Weekly, during which doctors attempted to remove a plum-sized tumor from her neck. Like any warrior battling cancer, she’s doing her best to not let it stop her from living.

On Wednesday night, she and her husband were photographed leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles on what seemed to be a romantic date night, and Beth looked stunning.

However, one part of her outfit did seem out of the norm for the criminal catcher: Her scarf.

Though Beth is entirely aware of the healing incision on her neck, she, like many of the strong men and women facing cancer every day, isn’t going to let it put a cloud on her sweet night out.

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