It’s rare to see hip hop couples that have withstood the test of time, but Queens-born rapper LL Cool J and his wife Simone are living proof that it can most certainly be done no matter how difficult things may get. This year, the Smith family has yet another reason to celebrate as it marks the ninth year that Simone has been Cancer free.
via News One
In 2004, Simone Smith was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called chondorosarcoma. After her stage III diagnosis, the family, especially [her husband]Mr. LL himself, stopped everything in order to be with her and to assist her on the road to recovery.
In her own words, Simone says, “I have a piece of jewelry, that when it’s purchased, proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. The reason why I did that is because back in 2004, I had a very invasive surgery done because they found a chondrosarcoma tumor in my tibia bone. So I had an invasive surgery called microvasuclar reconstructive surgery, and they had to remove my whole tibia bone and replace it with my fibular bone from my left leg.
It took me almost 2 1/2 years to learn how to walk again. I fought through it, so I was a little depressed for like about..two weeks. But my grandmother called me up and told me, ‘you better not be depressed and get prayed up for those doctors who are doing this surgery on you and you’re gonna beat this.’ So I prayed to God and since then my test results have been great.”
This year marks the ninth year that Mrs. Simone Smith has been cancer free.
When asked what keeps her inspired, Simone names three things: her faith in God, her husband and her children.
Simone is one strong woman to be able to still hold her family down in the midst of battling this life-changing disease.
This just goes to show that you never know what people are dealing with behind closed doors. Kudos to LL for not hesitating to put his fame on the back burner and stick by her side through it all.