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Betsy Hnath
Betsy Hnath is a writer, mother and wife who lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband, daughter, two sons and three dogs, all of whom graciously supply her with endless eye rolls, head shakes, laughs and material for her writing. Her pieces have appeared in various newspapers, magazines and websites covering issues ranging from women’s rites to pop music. Most recently her work has focused on her experiences as a cancer caregiver to her husband as he battled stage IV melanoma, before becoming a patient herself after being diagnosed with stage II breast cancer (all before age 40), along with the pitfalls and rewards accompanying both roles. It's a hell of a price to pay for a free boob job, but she will never again feel the need to gripe about healthcare premiums! When she isn’t busy trying to keep her head above water in life, Betsy is busy teaching local kids how to do it in the pool, as she has done for the past 25 years.

Entries by Betsy Hnath

15 Things I Learned About Life From Teaching Swim Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:52 PM

I have done many jobs in my 43 years, but the one I've held the longest is as a swim instructor. I've taught nearly every age group and ability level. Even with a military spouse, aside from small breaks here and there, wherever we lived, I found a local team...

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Building Blocks in Transit

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 3:53 PM

I'm a perpetual navel gazer. In fact, I do it so often my bellybutton will probably take out a restraining order on me any day now. So I'll take any excuse to reflect, like say, the beginning of a new year.

I sit and look over the 12 months worth...

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I Survived Breast Cancer Myself, But Now I'm Afraid For My Kids

(4) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:40 AM

I don't have breast cancer. I had it once, but I don't have it anymore. At least that's what my doctors confidently tell me now. I should feel relief. I should feel gratitude. I should feel alive. Others in my life certainly do; they tell me all the time. "You're...

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Now That I Finally Like Summers With the Kids, Why Do They Have to Go So Fast?

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:39 PM

How are we already into July? I would say it wasn't possible, but my youngest son's hair is green from chlorine, we've gone through about 27 rash guards and I don't recognize half the pool towels in our collection, so it must be true.

For so many years it felt...

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Reflection Confessions: Dealing With the Physical Aftermath of Breast Cancer Treatment

(10) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:19 AM

No one is in the bathroom with me, but I'm facing my enemy.

I pull the scale from its hiding spot between the toilet and the end of the vanity. It's the perfect place since I'd honestly prefer crapping on it to stepping on it. I cringe.

Is this going...

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Why I Gave In and Bought My Daughter Her First Bikini

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 9:47 AM

I did it. I said I wouldn't, but I did. I caved. Emily talked me into buying her a bikini.

My mom refused to let me wear one, because her own mom had refused to let her wear one. So I was never able to show off the toned,...

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10 Awesome Breast Cancer Gifts

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Cancer can take away so much, and yet nothing in my life has taught me more about myself -- or others. So in essence, cancer is a gift. And I'm not just talking about the traditional "live for today" stuff. (After nursing my husband through treatment for stage IV melanoma,...

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The Cancer Community

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:36 PM

Norfolk, Virginia is a medium-sized city with a small-town feel. Big enough that if you hit up a Starbucks in another neighborhood, you might be able to read the paper uninterrupted. Small enough that if you have troubles, someone always knows a resource that can help. This matters to me...

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I Don't Want to Be a Mom Today

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:22 PM

I don't want to be a mom today.

My heart and door have been open to all three of my babies since they emerged. Always tending, listening, watching. In sickness and in health. They need me. And I need their need. It gives me purpose, validation. It helps me...

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Spring Broke

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Ah, springtime, that season when schools take some time off and families connect over amazing vacations to ski resorts, sunny beaches and big cities with multi-level American Girl stores. At least that's the way it seems if I peruse the photos my friends post on their Facebook pages. I click...

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