Thursday, January 22, 2009

Amazing Grace

A few weeks ago, my dear friend, Chasity Herman, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She is a beautiful young mother of two small babies under two and wife to one lucky husband. The doctors informed her that if she could choose any cancer, this would be the one to choose as it is beatable, even more so than skin cancer. We were all relieved to hear that. This morning, as I type this, she is undergoing surgery for the thyroid cancer. Please hold her and her family up in prayer for a safe surgery, and a smooth recovery. The doctor did inform her that recovery might not be so nice.

Nevertheless, if any of you personally know Chasity, she has weathered some very large storms the last four years. I won't go into detail, but trust me, she knows what it is like to suffer.

The beauty of Chasity's story, is every time a storm has came her way, she weathered it with amazing GRACE. Even during this latest cancer scare she sat down with me late one night to explain everything about it, because it was a subject that none of us could talk about. Her optimism and unshakable faith in God is amazing and beautiful. I believe this is just one more trial she will come out of as pure as gold. If I could be half as strong as Chasity, I know I could make it too.

I have always been curious about the big whoop-tee-doo behind the perfume, Amazing Grace. The other day I obtained a sample and on the box were these words:

How you climb up the mountain is just as important as how you get down the mountain. And, so it is with life, which for many of us becomes one big gigantic test followed by one big gigantic lesson. In the end, it all comes down to one word. GRACE. It's how you accept winning and losing, good luck and bad luck, the darkness and light.

This made me think of dear Chasity. She is going through one big gigantic test, but she doing it with Amazing Grace.

I love you, Chas. We are praying. God has His hand on you.


Leah said...

I am also a friend to Chasity, and have been a witness to her amazing strength. I admire her so much and wish that I had a quarter of the faith that she has. She will be in my prayers today.


JacquelineSC84 said...

I found you on Apostolic Blogger and the one thing that I noticed right off was the Thyroid Cancer.
Frist of I am a ThyCa surviver. I had papillary Thyroid Cancer when I was 22 years old, which was 2 years ago.
Second, Cancer is Cancer and there is not "good" cancer. Just because it has the highest survival rate doesn't mean having this cancer is good. (Sorry petpeeve of mine often people with act like your not sick at all. It frustrating.) With Thyca it not a fight for your life but a fight for quality of life.
I will pray for her. Please have her contact me if she has any questions. I would love to answer any questions she might have. If I can't answer it I am in contact with a Thyca Support group that can answer almost all your questions.

God Bless,

Anonymous said...

Monica.. I know her from Nelsons,, Yes she has been through soo much I am praying for her. Let me know if you need any help with making a meal for them one night or something.


Karen Hopper said...

Will gladly add her to my prayer list. Please keep us informed.

Monica Hassas said...

Thanks, Leah!

Jacqueline - I am terribly sorry you had to go through this yourself. Praise God you are doing well, or so it seems. Thank you for your information. I would be happy to pass it on to Chasity. I'm sure she will greatly appreciate it. Expect to hear from her in the near future.

Annette - Aw what a doll you are. Thanks for much for the offer. We are trying to get a group of ladies together to get some meals for Chas while she is recovering. She is on a very strict diet for the next month. Since this type of cancer feeds off of iodine, she cannot have any iodine whatsoever as well as dairy, etc. etc. See me Sunday at church and we can discuss it then.

Thank you, Sis. Hopper - You are such a faithful prayer warrior! love you

pressonponderings said...

Hello! I ran across your blog on Candijamamas from Lori Sabins. I too am a Thyca survivor. I will be cancer free 7 years this fall. I had 2 young sons at the time of my diagnosis! I agree with Jacqueline that it is a contiuous fight for quality of life! I also would be glad to answer any ?'s for her. My blog address is

Lord bless, LaTrisa

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