Chuck Norris had a long and illustrious career as a martial arts teacher and celebrity trainer, as well as a Hollywood actor and author of two New York Times best-selling books.
He has taught celebrities like as Steve McQueen and Priscilla Presley and has developed over 30 karate studios. Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, Code of Silence, and The Delta Force are just a few of the hit movies starring the former US Air Force commander.
But the Oklahoma native, who has five children and 13 grandchildren, is also a dedicated family man.
The 82-year-old is married to former model Gena O’Kelley, with whom he will celebrate his 24th wedding anniversary in November.
On their 24th wedding anniversary, he used Instagram to convey his love. “My love, my life, my best friend, my world,” he wrote beside a photo of the two of them peering into each other’s eyes. Happy 23rd Wedding Anniversary to my lovely wife, whom God blessed me with 25 years ago when we met. “I am completely devoted to you.”
It’s obvious that the couple is still madly in love. Norris was worried about his future with the love of his life not long ago, after she fell very ill.
Norris met Gena nine years after divorce from his first wife, Dianne Kay Holechek, whom he had been married to for 30 years. Gena, a model, and the actor from “Walker, Texas Ranger” tied the married.
Chuck and Gena welcomed twins into their family two years after they married.
Gena, on the other hand, went to the doctor in 2013 and had scans done to identify rheumatoid arthritis. Gena was given a contrast agent before the MRI scan.
The material was designed to produce contrast in her organs, allowing her medical team to see a sharper picture of her organs’ condition and spot anomalies.
In an interview, Gena expressed her anxiety about the contrast agent’s safety, but doctors assured her that it was.
The 59-year-old mother of two said she felt different after a few days but wasn’t concerned until a month later, when she began to experience “severe burning” throughout her body And the pain became terrible.
Norris stepped away from Hollywood to care for Gena as her health deteriorated and she began to exhibit additional symptoms such as speech and memory problems, as well as constant tremoring.
Norris referred his wife to a Nevada specialist, who provided her with great pain treatment. She’d have to go to the hospital several times to get relief from the constant burning feelings she’d be experiencing
Gena shared in her interview that it felt like acid was poured on her insides. She needed constant care and it was her devoted husband that provided this sleeping on the couch by her side to ensure he was there to help around the clock with whatever she needed.
He even read 17 books to her on her journey through recovery