Chuck Norris gave up his career to nurse his sick wife back to life – sleeping on the couch by her side

Chuck Norris has had a long successful career as a martial arts expert and trainer to the stars, Hollywood actor and author who has penned two New York Times bestsellers.

He has opened over 30 karate studios and has taught celebrities such as Steve McQueen and Priscilla Presley. The former U.S. Air Force officer has also appeared in hit movies such as Way of the Dragon, Missing in Action, Code of Silence, and The Delta Force.

But with five children and 13 grandchildren the Oklahoma-born star is also a devoted family man.

The 82-year-old is married to former model Gena O’Kelley and will be celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary together this November.

Last year he took to Instagram to express his love on their 24th anniversary. Sharing a picture of the two of them staring into each other’s eyes, he wrote, “My love, my life, my best friend, my world. Happy 23rd Anniversary to my beautiful wife that God blessed me with when we met 25 years ago. I love you with all my heart.”

It’s clear that the two are still head-over-heels in love. But it wasn’t so long ago that Norris was fearful for his future with the love of his life after she became very sick.

Norris met Gena nine years after divorcing his first wife of 30 years Dianne Kay Holechek. The “Walker, Texas Ranger” actor and Gena, a model, tied the knot in 1998.

Two years into their marriage, Chuck and Gena became parents to a set of twins.

But in 2013, Gena visited medical practitioners where she underwent scans to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis. Before the MRI scan, Gena was injected with a contrast agent.

The substance was supposed to create contrast in her organs to give her medical team a clearer outline of the state of her organs and also detect irregularities.

Gena said in an interview that she was concerned the contrast agent was safe and was reassured by doctors that it was.

The 59-year-old mom of two said she had felt different a few days later but wasn’t too concerned until a month after she had received the treatment and started to feel “extreme burning” throughout her body – the pain became debilitating.