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Support of friends, colleagues greatest gift in cancer battle (video added)

Oct. 22, 2013
 
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Beth Knetter sits near a window at her Rib Mountain home Thursday. / Dan Young/Daily Herald Media

To participate in Messages of Hope:

Twitter: Send tweets of hope to breast cancer patients and their families during October using #WisHope as a hashtag. We will retweet on @wausauherald and publish a selection of Twitter messages in print and on our website.
Facebook: Visit and “like” the Daily Herald Media page. Then leave messages in the comments.

Message of Hope

Hot breath through fired sand
The human spirit forms like blown glass
Grit becomes grace
And we come face to face
With ourselves
Reflected in the final piece
— Karyn Powers of Wausau, written to her sister Ann Lafky when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999.

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a five-part series to help build breast cancer awareness. For past stories in the Messages of Hope series, click here.

About Beth Knetter

About Beth Knetter

This 49-year-old Rib Mountain resident is an oncology research nurse.

Family: Husband, Mark; sons, Derek and David; daughter, Kelly

Years as a survivor: Found to have breast cancer July 8 and undergoing radiation therapy

What I found: Family, friends, co-workers, and church parishioners believed in me and my ability to battle this disease. Their incredible support has been the greatest gift, giving me strength to take on each challenge with treatment. Dozens of cards, emails and phone calls have been filled with positive words of encouragement that I will never forget.

What I lost: I lost a small area of my breast that was diseased and needed to go. As soon as I found the abnormality, I sought the expertise of my family physician who expeditiously set me up with tests to view the area and an appointment to meet with a surgeon. The surgeon was able to view the tumor immediately in her office and was completely upfront with me about her suspicion of malignancy. She removed the damaging cancer and I have healed beautifully and the scar is minimal. The cancer is gone and I have my life.

The movie I could watch over and over again is … “Cheaper By The Dozen.” I grew up in a family of seven kids and this movie reminds me of all the chaos of growing up in a large family and having a sense of humor to manage life’s issues.

The person I would most like to be stuck in an elevator with is … Ellen DeGeneres. She has a great sense of humor and I appreciate that quality in a person.

For one day I would love to trade places with … Pope Francis. I want to visit Vatican City and walk in St. Peter’s Square, view the world’s largest basilica, St. Peter’s, the papal apartments, and watch the Swiss guards. Also, I want to see the Seven Hills of Rome and the Eternal City’s landmarks.

The song I love to dance to is … the “Beer Barrel Polka.” Weddings are a great time to dance to polka music and it is a fantastic workout.

I cherish my relationship with … Mark, my husband. He is my best friend. We do things together when our schedules align. I marvel at his strength and consistent motivation.

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