Couple Married for 46 Years Survives COVID-19, Chemotherapy, and Cancer


On April 15, 1974, Robert and Janice Beecham celebrated marriage by promising each other to be there in sickness and in health.

Through the hardships of commitment, the couple told Good Morning America that after 45 years of marriage, they survived COVID-19, chemotherapy, and cancer.

Robert suffered a stroke and was in the hospital on two of their wedding anniversaries in 2014 and 2016.

In February of 2020, things took a turn for the worse when he started feeling chills and lost his senses of taste and smell. He also dealt with phlegm “thick as paint.”

As Robert and his wife’s 46th anniversary approached, he was hospitalized and tested positive for COVID-19.

“The night [before I was diagnosed], I prayed because I was so sick,” Robert said. “I told God I was ready to come home.”

However, Janice, his wife, was dealing with health problems herself.

While she was having surgery for breast cancer and was about to undergo her first chemotherapy treatment, she got a text that her husband had tested positive for the deadly virus.

“I started crying hysterically because I was like, ‘I got to get to this man,’” she said.

After a week in the hospital, Robert’s condition began improving. Officials at the hospital came up with a plan that could potentially get him home in time to celebrate his anniversary with his wife. Robert was then home in time for his 46th anniversary.

“I was so glad to see him. My heart was happy,” Janice said. “When you’re together all the time, it’s hard when someone is not there.”

Now, Robert has fully recovered from coronavirus, and Janice is currently receiving radiation treatment for her breast cancer.

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