Husband of WBTV's 'Breast Cancer Survivor of the Month' now needs support

Husband of WBTV's 'Breast Cancer Survivor of the Month' now needs support

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The day Stuart Beam's wife, Susan, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 he heard the song, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," on the radio.

Over the years it has come to mean more to the couple than Stuart could have imagined.

He loved his wife through surgery, four rounds of chemotherapy and 33 rounds of radiation. (Susan was WBTV's March survivor of the month, read her story here)

After she beat her cancer, she then loved him through his own battle with lymphoma in 2013.  He got through that with the help of chemotherapy.

Stuart now tells us that chemo fixed the lymphoma, but caused another problem – a disease called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS). This means his bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells.  His only hope is a bone marrow transplant.

Next month Stuart will be admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to begin the transplant process. He'll stay for a month.

After he's released, he'll spend two or three months in Atlanta so he can go back to the cancer clinic for checkups five times a week.

Susan will be by his side, taking family and medical leave from her job to take care of him.

They say it could take up to 18 months for Stuart to fully recover and go back to work.  Money is tight and bills are high... but Stuart says he his wife are survivors.  They know it'll be okay.

"Well," he said. "I guess we're gonna love each other through it again."

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