How Chuck Norris Played a Significant Role In Gena O’Kelley Chronic Illness

How Chuck Norris Played a Significant Role In Gena O'Kelley Chronic Illness

Ever wonder why Chuck Norris, the ultimate action hero, left Hollywood? Some say it’s because of his wife, Gena O’Kelley. Let’s dive in.

Chuck Norris took on Bruce Lee in The Way of the Dragon, battled David Carradine in Lone Wolf McQuade, and led a top-notch anti-terrorist team in The Delta Force.

Yet, he chose to leave his film career for his wife, Gena, making his hero legacy last forever.

Now, Chuck Norris is fighting a different battle – against climate change. He cares a lot about the planet and feels a deep empathy for people. Above all, Norris loves his family more than anything else.

Chuck Norris’ Devotion to his Wife, Gena

Chuck Norris, famous for his action roles, put his career on hold to take care of his wife, Gena O’Kelley, who has been sick with chronic illnesses. In 2017, they shared with a CBS station how Gena has been struggling with her health. Her problems started in 2013 after a wrong injection during an MRI for her rheumatoid arthritis caused severe pain and led to many hospital visits.

Her condition got worse, leading to trouble speaking and remembering things, and she couldn’t stop shaking. Chuck Norris did everything he could to help her, even moving her to see a specialist doctor in Nevada.

His love for Gena is huge. He even slept on the couch to be there for her, especially when she needed to be hooked up to IVs for her treatment.

About Gena O’Kelley

Being diagnosed with a chronic medical condition at an early age is extremely daunting. But how old is Gena O’Kelley now? Gena O’Kelley is currently 60 years old. She was born to Alan Gordon O’Kelley and Anette O’Kelley on August 10, 1963.

She didn’t come from a rich family. Her dad worked as a safety officer at Hewlett-Packard and Kunde Estate Winery. Sadly, he passed away in 2008 from a sickness that doctors couldn’t figure out.

Gena O'Kelley biography

Gena O Kelley, who is now Gena Norris, was the youngest in her family, having one brother, Eric, and two sisters, Maureen and Elizabeth. She first started her career as a model. Later on, Gena became famous on TV, appearing in shows like “Yes, Dear” in 2003, “Praise the Lord” in 2006, and was a guest on “Hannity” in 2009.

She also appeared in lots of commercials and was a spokesperson for many big brands. People thought she was the most stylish and pretty model around.

To the moon and back in love

Besides modeling, she also acted in some TV shows. But then, she suddenly left modeling to meet Chuck Norris. After showing up briefly in TV series, Chuck met Gena in 1997. He really liked her and asked her to visit him in Dallas, Texas.

Chuck made sure they got some time together in Texas. They quickly became more than friends, started dating, and got married, as Chuck writes in his book, “Chuck Against All Odds.”

They got married on November 28, 1998. Despite being 25 years apart, they demonstrated that age doesn’t matter and remained together.

Before Chuck, Gena was married to Gordon Hinschberger for nearly 30 years and had two kids, Kelley and Tim, with him.

After splitting from Gordon, Gena married Chuck Norris. They became parents to Dakota Alan Norris and Danilee Kelly Norris in late August 2001.

The Humanitarian Side of Chuck Norris

Gena and her husband are Christians and they’re known for helping out, especially with the Veterans Administration National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. They really care about giving back and are working hard to raise money for kids. Norris also started KickStart, a group that helps keep drugs and violence out of schools.

They’ve helped other charities too, but Gena and Chuck’s biggest challenge started in 2013 and is still going on.

Norris plays a significant role in Gena’s battle with Chronic Illness

Even though people often say Chuck Norris has passed away, him getting older and not being in movies anymore made these rumors seem true. But actually, Chuck Norris left the movie world to take care of his wife, Gena O Kelley, who is very sick. Gena is getting better, but she still has a long way to go before she’s fully recovered.

Chuck Norris filing a lawsuit

In 2013, Gena went for a common MRI scan and had an injection, which is normal before the scan. But after that, she started feeling really bad all over her body. At first, doctors didn’t know why she was feeling this way, and her health got worse over time.

Gena and her husband decided to sue the company that makes the MRI equipment because Gena had a bad reaction to a chemical called gadolinium that was used in the scan. This chemical made her feel weak, tired, and caused burning and pain.

Because of her reaction to the chemical, Gena had to go to the hospital more than six times. She had trouble breathing, pain in her joints, and other problems. However, some experts think her symptoms were caused by something other than the chemical.

The lawsuit they filed has cost them $2 million and it’s still going on.

Journey to Recovery

Gena O Kelley married the famous Chuck Norris, and they’re doing great together, even though he’s about 23 years older than her. People have criticized their age gap, but they’ve shown that it doesn’t bother them. They both look much younger than they really are, with Gena looking especially young and full of life. They live in Navasota, Texas, and seem to be happy there.

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