High school sweethearts survive cancer and COVID-19

Janice and Robert Beecham, married for 46 years, survived cancer, two strokes and COVID-19 together.
3:05 | 09/16/20

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We're back now with a covid love story. Starring high school sweethearts Janice and Robert married so many years. Facing the challenge of their lives when both were diagnosed with covid-19. Life before the pandemic was glorious. We weren't fancy, we just did things that were fun. Family time, I love my family. But with covid I'm having to distant myself from my grandkids and giving these virtual hugs. I'm not a virtual hugger. I'm used to hugging my grandkids. I had been primarily healthy until 2014, and I suffered a stroke in my sleep. 2016, I suffered another stroke in my sleep. They would get me to the hospital again, and while I'm in the emergency -- I undergo almost a third stroke and then covid. And I tell anybody, covid was worse than all of those strokes combined. In March I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. In may, they diagnosed me with breast cancer, and I was almost ready to get connected to the machine to receive my chemo treatment, and I got the text message, daddy has covid. My reaction was -- I can't lose him. It was difficult for me when my husband was quarantined, because we're always together. By then I had gotten an e-mail stating that I had tested positive for covid. It was still about my husband. And I'm like, I got to get to him. It was difficult for me being separated from Janice and to know that she was here alone, I think that was really one of the things that pushed me to -- to do what I could while I am in the hospital. So she would call and we would talk and she would say at the end of the conversation, you come home to me. When he was back at home, oh, man, I was in hog heaven. Oh, my god, my best friend is back at home. I want people to know that that is a serious, serious virus, and I don't care who tells not to wear a mask, wear a mask, protect those outside of you. Protect yourself. It's just a mask. I live my life loving harder and never taking anything for granted. I love this old man. I do. I love him. He's my best friend. They just made me cry and laugh and then cry again. Thank you for sharing that very important story. We can all learn something from

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