Husband Deploys Days After Wife’s Mastectomy — But Surprises Her For Last Chemo Session

A woman from Gahanna, Ohio, recently celebrated an important breast cancer milestone. According to Columbus CBS affiliate WBNS, Carla Bailey has just successfully finished her chemotherapy treatment and was able to celebrate the occasion with her husband, Army Col. Jonathan Bailey.

Bailey’s husband had a tour of duty in Kuwait and Jordan last spring, mere days after she underwent a double mastectomy upon finding out she had breast cancer.

“It was a real tough call as to whether I’d go or stay, and she and I talked about it,” Col. Bailey says. “We have a strong family, you see. Her twin sister, she’s her double; I’m her half.”


Carolyn Francis—Bailey’s twin sister—was by her side to help her through the journey. Even though she is married with children herself, she still made time to attend her sister’s doctor appointments and even moved into her home to provide additional care.

In late November, Col. Bailey surprised his family with an impromptu homecoming. He was able to be by his wife’s side during her last treatment of radiation and chemotherapy.

Bailey’s breast cancer was brought to the attention of doctors once she found a lump during a self-exam. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, adult women should administer the exam once a month.

Check out the video below to learn more about this brave woman’s reunion with her husband at the very end of her battle with cancer.

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