In sickness and recovery. A couple in Texas who has been married for 46 years beats COVID-19, cancer, and chemotherapy together.
A Texas couple is feeling extra blessed after they defeated COVID-19 and cancer. This time, they are now finishing their chemotherapy. Robert and Janice Beecham have been married for 46years and they still continue to live happily despite the problems they encountered in life.
Janice told the reporter of the CNN News that she is so happy that she is still alive because many people who have the same conditions with her did not survive. Imagine how painful could it be if you have breast and ovarian cancer and at the same time you tested positive for COVID-19.
The couple said that they have been following strictly the health and safety guidelines against COVID-19. Most especially that Janice Beecham is vulnerable to the virus because of her present medical condition. However, Robert Beecham decided to get tested for the virus because he was not feeling well for a week and a half.
He called his son on March 25 and agreed to be taken to the hospital. Robert Beecham said, "He knew me agreeing without a fight meant that I was feeling pretty terrible," He was admitted to the Parkland Hospital in Dallas alone while waiting for the result of this COVID-19 test.
A day after, the result of the test arrived and they found out that he tested positive for the virus. He was moved to another floor to avoid the spread of the virus and luckily he started to recover as the day progressed. He thanked his physician, Dr. Satyam Nayak, for his fast recovery.
Robert Beecham said that he and Dr. Nayak would open up casual conversations that would help his mind off a conversation about the virus. Robert told his doctors about the two strokes he had in 2012 and 2016 that led him to miss one of their anniversaries.
After Dr. Nayak found out how much Robert Beecham loves his wife, he used this to motivate Robert so that he could be with his wife during their anniversary and to get him home. Dr. Nayak came up with a plan where Robert could get home and have the care that he needs.
Robert luckily made it home on April 15 which is timely for their anniversary. However, this is not the only problem the couple encountered. Janice, his wife, tested positive for the virus who had just recovered from surgery in February due to breast cancer.
She was also diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In a report from CNN News, she said that she tested positive for the virus but her symptoms were mild. For patients like Janice who has the pre-medical condition, she is vulnerable to the virus.
Robert also shared that he did a quarantine when he got home and was in a speedy recovery. However, Janice still had issues with her health at that time. Janice could not also start again her chemotherapy for her breast cancer because of her new diagnosis.
Despite this, the couple remained positive in life. Janice and Robert Beecham have one thing to say after Janice survive from two surgeries, two strokes for Robert, and their diagnoses of COVID-19. Robert said, "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."