Woman With Terminal Cancer Fulfills Dream of Meeting Dog The Bounty Hunter

By: Stacy McCloud
By: Stacy McCloud

Campbell County (WVLT) - If you were told you didn't have much longer to live, what would you want to do with the time you had left? A Campbell County woman was faced with that question when her doctor told her she only had months to live.

Volunteer TV's Stacy McCloud introduced us all to this lady a year ago when we were addressing the importance of early cancer checks.

Now, she shows us how this woman worked to make one of her dreams come true.

When we first introduced you to Lois Jeffers she told a hopeful survivor story.

"My sister saved my life," Jeffers said.

Thanks to her sister urging her to do a self breast exam, Jeffers was well into remission from stage four breast cancer when we met her in 2006. However, 14 months later she has a different story to tell.

"They told me everything looked good, then they did a blood test and it came back bad," Jeffers said.

After living six months cancer free, it reappeared in her liver. She went through chemotherapy, but in January doctors had bad news.

"They told me I had 6 to 9 months to live," Jeffers said.

The words, you're dying, were devastating.

"I lost it , my family lost it," Jeffers said.

But only made her more determined to live.

"I'm not accepting that," Jeffers said.

She immediately starting planning her "must do list." First up, a trip to Hawaii.

"We went to Maui because that is where I wanted to go," Jeffers said.

She had been once before, but this time watched the sun rise and set through new eyes.

"We had the penthouse and enjoyed just watching the whales," Jeffers said.

She was perfectly content with the relaxation that surrounded her, but for her twin sister, Linda, who couldn't make the trip, relaxation wasn't enough.

If these were really her sisters final moments, she knew the perfect surprise that what would make her smile last forever?

"I just love them. Him and Beth, oh my God," Jeffers said.

"Them" is the bail bonds team from "Dog the Bounty Hunter," who shoots on location in Honolulu.

"I just love them. I don't know why," Jeffers said.

Some may not understand why he's such a hero in her eyes, but anyone that knows her is well aware that meeting the team would be her ultimate dream come true. So, after months of secrets:

"They said open your eyes," Jeffers said.

She did open her eyes, to see Dog the Bounty Hunter, along with several other people from his TV show.

"All I could do was cry," Jeffers said. "It was like a dream, you know."

Even though she wasn't there when the meeting happened, Linda, the twin sister who made all this possible, says she felt her happiness.

"The day she met him, I really felt the excitement," Edmonds said. "It's something I can always hold in my heart and say I made her happy. To see that smile on her face, was just, oh I can't explain the feeling."

A dream come true, no doubt, but don't you dare call it her dying wish.

"I got things to do. I ain't got time to croak," Jeffers said.

Her daughter, Heather, is graduating high school on the 26th.

"I can't wait to see her walk down the isle with her gold sash," Jeffers said.

And her son is getting married in June.

"My future daughter in law said, I don't care how sick you are, you're doing my flowers," Jeffers said.

To Lois, the best years of life are yet to come and honestly, she says she couldn't feel any better.

Maybe it's her humor that keeps her going.

Or maybe it's the fact that she hasn't stopped smiling since March.

"It's the best thing that could have ever happened to me and ever since then I've been on cloud nine!" Jeffers said.

Either way, if you look at Lois' life on a doctor's watch, those cherished moments left are ticking away. But hey, who's counting? Certainly not Lois Jeffers

"I'm going to beat it, but if it's my time to go, God is the only one that is going to tell me it's time to go," Jeffers said.

And when that day does come, she'll have lived one bountiful life.

Leaving this earth a happy, fulfilled woman, with one important message she hopes remains.

"Get a mammogram early. Don't get in the position I'm in," Jeffers said.

Lois and her family also got a tour of AE Studios and unlimited access to the gift shop.

Doctors say Lois now has about one to four months to live.

She has entered hospice, but says she is feeling great.


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  • by Alisa Location: ILLINOIS on Nov 7, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    I TRULY WANT TO THANK EVERYONE HERE FOR WRITING. LOIS IS MY MOTHER. I AM THE OLDEST OF HER 5 CHILDREN. I WAS THE ONE THAT CLOSED HER EYES AT THE END. NOT ONE DAY HAS PASSED THAT I HAVE A THOUGHT,A SMILE,A TEAR OF MY MEMORIES WITH HER. WHEN SHE PASSED ON 7-7-07 SHE WAS THE GRANDMOTHER OF 3 AND NOW MY BROTHER THAT SHE WAITED TO SEE GET MARRIED BEFORE HER DEATH HAS ADDED ANOTHER GRAND-DAUGHTER. FAY IS HER MIDDLE NAME AFTER OUR MOTHER. NOT A MOMENT GONE BY THAT I WISH THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT, THE CANCER CAUGHT SOONER. IN LOVEING MEMORY OF OUR MOTHER. THANK YOU ALL!!!
  • by linda Location: tennessee on Sep 5, 2007 at 04:30 AM
    well to let all know my twin lois fulfilled her dreams she passed away exactly one week after her sons wedding . she did everything she wanted to do before she passed, and i was glad she had a good life. i want to thank wvlt tv and all who posted great things about lois she was the greatest sister anyone could ask for , she will be missed. i just want to say to her i love you my little falling butterfly forever in my heart linda
  • by Denise Location: Michigan on Jun 2, 2007 at 01:02 PM
    I love Lois like my Sister we Have Known each other from Childhood me and her Whole family lived on the same block and all of us girls use to get into alot of things.We have Loved each other from far away I recently took a trip to see Lois in May and will never forget the good time we had her sister Linda is like a twin to me because i am i a Twin also so we will also be together no matter what I love all of you
  • by Jennifer Location: Michigan on Jun 1, 2007 at 03:48 PM
    Lois is a very good childhood friend of my mother's. Although I have met her twin, Linda, I have never met Lois, since they moved to Tennessee before I was born in 1979. But I think that it was great for Dog and all of his family to meet with her. I know that it meant a whole lot. My mother recently went to visit with Lois and Linda in April. I'm glad that I could help her see her friend while there is time left. And Linda...if you read this...xoxo from "Spunky"!!!
  • by brenda kindilien Location: illinois on May 17, 2007 at 10:26 PM
    my mother died in oct.83, 6 months before I got married. i am the youngest of 3 children. my mother died of breast cancer. I put off getting a mammogram for about 5 years. i was scared at what could be possible. thank god everything came back normal. my mother's name was Lois also. please pass along to her family...strength,love from someone who has gone through it already.
  • by Victoria Location: Colorado Springs, CO on May 15, 2007 at 11:58 PM
    I am praying for Lois and all the other cancer patient. My dad has cancer as well. Its hard to watch and not be able to do much about it. Dog is awesome, doing what others are either to scared to do it... or too lazy. God bless Lis amd Dog Chapman.
  • by Jill Location: Illinois on May 15, 2007 at 11:13 AM
    Truly Amazing Woman. Your strength and courage is remarkable. I didn't see your age in the story and was wondering if I might ask. You are an inspiration.
  • by linda Location: jacksboro tn on May 14, 2007 at 11:45 PM
    i want to thank stacy mcloud for helping me make my sisters dream come true. her meeting dog the bounty hunter has made her smile a lot brighter. she wants to go back to hawaii soon and she told me this time i have to go with her. i told her ok, i just hope we make it there. thank you all at channel 8 for your kind words and your caring. god bless you all
  • by julie murphy on May 14, 2007 at 11:27 PM
    what a remarkable woman. i wish i knew her. i bet sh ewould be such a fun friend to have. i loved her sense of humor. that's how i would hope i would be. i'm 50 and have had my share of sorrow and troubles and i try to be like lois and keep a positve outlook on life. good luck and much love.
  • by Clyde Location: cc.net on May 14, 2007 at 10:52 PM
    This story has to be a wake-up call for those who have the "Big I, Little You" mentality. God performs miracles each

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