John Schneider, in a candid interview, opened up about his wife's battle with cancer. What it meant for them as a couple, and the effect it had on their marriage.
When two people decide to spend the rest of their lives together, it is usually in sickness or health, even though those words get omitted in most vows. John Schneider can testify to it.
When the actor's wife, Alicia Allain, got diagnosed with breast cancer, he got to see what it meant to support someone through a life-threatening ailment. She was his fiancée when she got diagnosed, and their unspoken vows became real too soon.
Actor John Schneider visits the SiriusXM Studios on November 26, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
FIRST THEY PRAYED, THEN THEY ATTACKED
Speaking recently about that time of their lives with Closer Weekly, Schneider said,
"Praying was obviously the first thing we did. We attacked it like we attack everything else — by asking questions."
The attacking part started after the couple got over the shock of the diagnosis. The two chose to go the traditional medicine route, rather than embark on chemotherapy.
John Schneider and Alicia Allain attend "You're Gonna Miss Me" premiere sponsored by Visit Tucson on May 13, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona | Photo: Getty Images
A HEALTHY BODY EQUALS A FIGHTING CHANCE
Allain went on a strict diet that had her eating high-fat, low-carb ketogenic meals. She also took supplements made of minerals and CBD oil.
The two met at a time when the actor/country singer was going through a public and challenging divorce
The "Dukes of Hazzard" star believes that the dietary changes contributed to his wife winning her cancer battle. He noted that if the body is healthy, then it stands a better chance of fighting cancer cells.
STRONGER FOR IT
Allain is now living a cancer-free life, and as Schneider puts it,
"We've been through the worst news that somebody could get, and came out stronger because of it."
The actor and his wife see "God's hand" in the way things turned out. Their advice to others battling the ailment is to advocate for themselves and chose the treatment option that works for them.
COUNTING THEIR BLESSINGS
Allain has been a strong advocate for her husband. The two met at a time when the actor/country singer was going through a public and challenging divorce.
John and Alicia stuck together and got married in July 2019. The actor's wife is also in the entertainment industry, and they worked together on "One Month Out" and "Tres Leches."
Schneider began his career as a teenager with a role on the CBS comedy series, "Bo Duke." He later went into country music and has released over ten studio albums.
The actor is a father to three children, whom he shares with his ex-wife, Tawny Little. He and Allain are grateful for the life they have and spend each day counting their blessings.