You may not have ever heard of Steve Bean.
I had never heard of Steve Bean until this morning. Not by name anyway. But take a look at the picture below.
Now you know him. You’ve seen him on lots of tv shows and movies.
He was an actor and comedian, best known for his movie work on Mousehunt (1997), Blast from the Past(1999) and Shakes the Clown (1991). TV was where he must have made his bucks though, because he was on Cheers, and most recently, the TV series Ray Donovan. You may have seen him on Shameless, Days of Our Lives, Monk, Veronica Mars, Charmed, Quantum Leap or my personal favorite, 3rd Rock from the Sun.
In late 2016, Steve Bean was diagnosed with Sino-Squamous Cell Carcinoma (nose cancer), one of the rarest forms of cancer.
You may have just laughed. Nose cancer? Really?
Really. And before he died, on January 29, 2019, at the ripe old age of 58 years old, he truly suffered.
He died with a giant hole in his face. A giant hole that doctors and surgeons spent years creating, over multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.
He was robbed of his face, he was robbed of breathing correctly, he lost his teeth, his tear ducts, his upper palate. He almost lost his eyes.
Imagine being a television and movie personality. Even just a minor one like he was. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not knocking him for being a minor tv star, I’m not a minor tv star.
Imagine being known by your face. And now your face has become the source of all of your pain, and even the cause of your death.
This morning I read his personal account of dealing with this evil nose cancer. And while there is a certain amount of jest and definitely some personality floating through, I cannot imagine living through what he and his family went through.
I pray that his wife and his son remember him for more than what they all went through over the last couple years.
Please, I beg of you. Click on the link below and read his story in his own words. It broke my heart, and inspired this blog post.
It will change the way you think, and I promise you won’t be whining about any of your problems, for at least the rest of today.