Betsy Hnath is a writer who lives with her husband, daughter, two sons and three dogs. Recently, her work has focused on her experiences as a caregiver to a husband battling stage IV melanoma, and as a patient herself with stage II breast cancer, along with the pitfalls and rewards of juggling both roles while being a mother to her young children.


My husband’s diagnosis brought forth a host of emotions. I was new to caregiving and seeing him suffer was causing me to crack. The only place I was free to be afraid and cry quickly became my refuge.

Taking my husband to the cancer center for the first time made the disease seem much more real--and terrifying. Still, there was no way to truly prepare for the battle before us.

Taking care of a husband with cancer while raising three kids younger than ten was a future I never expected when we first said "I do."

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