Aug 20, 2012 11:57 AM by Marissa Torres
A couple that has been married for 55 years is facing a new challenge together. They've both been diagnosed with Breast Cancer, and neither is letting the disease bring them down.
Colonel Bill and Bettie Daknis are as lively as they come. The couple, who met in high school, are friends first, companions second. They've raised four sons and have a brood of grandkids.
But after nearly 6 decades of marriage, the couple is dealing with an unexpected "first" for them- both were diagnosed with breast cancer. First Bettie in 2008 and as luck would have it, this past june, so was Bill.
After several rounds of chemo and a lumpectomy, Bettie is cancer free. Bill however, is still undergoing chemo and has already had a mastectomy.
"She never told me it was contagious," jokes Bill, "i'm a little ticket off at her about that."
After the shock wore off, support was instantaneous.
"every time I went for chemo or radiation, or whatever they were doing, he would be with me. And I'm doing the same for him.
Bill quickly took to emailing his family and friends, particularly men, and told the, "don't ignore the lumps."
The couple says they're joined by faith and humor of course, and they're winning this rare battle together, one laugh at a time.
According to the National Cancer Institute, men of any age can develop breast cancer, but it's typically found among those around 60 to 70 years of age.
Male breast cancer makes up less than one perfect of all cases.