That’s what friends are for! Beth Chapman was in for the fight of her life back in August when she was diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer, but she was able to beat the disease with her husband Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and her bestie Shannon Tweed Simmons by her side! The Dog the Bounty Hunter alum took to Instagram days ahead of her return to TV on the A&E special Dog and Beth: Fight of Their Lives to share a sweet message to her pal for being their for her during her time of need.

“As I approach the Monday night special on [A&E], I can’t help but think of [Shannon],” the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram. “I could not have made it through this ordeal without her. She went to every [doctor] appointment. I may not have had surgery without her! She stayed by my side every minute of every day. I will always be grateful for her friendship and constant love and support. Proverbs 17:17 ‘A friend loves at all times and a sister is born of adversity.’ Thank you, Shannon, I love you.”

So sweet! Fans really got a closer look at the bond that Beth has with Shannon — who is married to KISS rocker Gene Simmons — during the two-hour special. Shannon really was by Beth’s side the entire time, she even waited in the hospital while Beth underwent a 13-year cancer removal surgery. Shannon also helped her pal throughout the recovery process, and she sweetly comforted her after Beth freaked out when first saw her incision scar.

But thankfully the surgery was successful and Beth healed just fine — and she exclusively revealed to In Touch that she is currently cancer-free! “I had a doctor’s appointment just recently where they went in and checked and did another scope down my throat, and the doctor said that it looks like I’m in good condition now,” she revealed.

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