The life-changing journey began at the Sanctuary Resort and Spa at Camelback Mountain, a luxury resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. where Chad and Kristina Bettis were married Nov. 21, 2015.
One year later, they returned to celebrate their first anniversary with a candlelight dinner and champagne, but there also was an unwelcome specter hovering over the young couple. A few days before, Chad had discovered a lump in one of his testicles, which led to a visit to his doctor.
That night, during their anniversary dinner, a phone call from his urologist confirmed the bad news.
Bettis, 27, an expectant father, had cancer.
Shortly thereafter, he received supportive phone calls from Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich, manager Bud Black and head trainer Keith Dugger. But it was Kristina who made sure love — not cancer — was the focus that night.
“My wife did a pretty good job of tricking me,” Bettis recalled recently with a soft laugh. “She was able to get my mind off it, at least for a little while.”
Of course Kristina was scared. She was expecting her first child in the spring, and now cancer had invaded her husband’s body. But she made a decision that night that set the tone for the trying months ahead.
“Let’s not be sad. Let’s celebrate our love and our future and our child,” she recalled. “I told Chad, ‘Let’s be happy, we’ll make it through this. I know you, I know how strong you are.’ I never doubted he would come back from this.”
Eight days later, Bettis had surgery to have one of his testicles removed in the hope that the cancer would be wiped out. Unfortunately, it spread, which he learned in March, making the road back steeper, more daunting.
But after nine weeks of chemotherapy, after the loss of his hair, after the birth …read more
Source:: The Denver Post