Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 3:09 pm, Mon Oct 15, 2012.
By Nancy Flake
Hauser lifted up ‘In His Grip’ through cancer fight
Breast cancer survivor Amy Hauser holds a copy of her book “In His Grip … A Walk Through Breast Cancer.” Hauser runs the ministry Horses-Healing-Hope., which provides equine therapy for women who are post-treatment for breast cancer.
Through her journey through breast cancer, Amy Hauser found herself walking closer to God. The lessons she’s learned in letting go of problems big and small are lessons she’s sharing through a ministry and a new book.
“In His Grip … A Walk Through Breast Cancer,” published by WestBow Press, began as Hauser’s personal journal detailing every step of the battle she, her husband Tom and two children have faced since her May 2010 diagnosis of breast cancer.
It soon became much more.
“I quickly realized this was what God was using as a tool,” Hauser, 45, of The Woodlands, said. “My life was intersected by an extraordinary God. It was like God was saying, ‘You have to tell this story.’”
The Hauser family moved from Des Moines, Iowa to The Woodlands in 2009. Hauser was just starting the process of beginning a ministry when she discovered a lump the size of a walnut under her arm. She went in for a mammogram and an ultrasound.
The radiology doctor told her, “This is not good.”
Five days later, Hauser got a phone call from her doctor, telling her the lump was breast cancer in her lymph nodes.
“I think I knew … God was preparing me,” she said. “It was time for battle. I was bitter at first; ‘God, you’re shutting me down.’
“He so quickly showed me – this is going to be the ministry.”
Hauser was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma that had metastisized to the lymph nodes. Because her cancer isn’t fed by hormones and there are no known risk factors, it’s known as “triple negative” breast cancer.
That particular form of breast cancer has the highest rate of reoccurence, and it’s unresponsive to certain types of chemotheraphy.
However, “My treatment was working remarkably well,” Hauser said.
She underwent chemo, then had a mastectomy and lymph node dissection, she said. Hauser chose to undergo a double mastectomy and then reconstruction.
“All is well now,” she said.
She quickly recognized that her journal was what God “was using as a tool,” she said. “It became evident this was going to have to be published to help. This was a way for God to use the struggles in our lives … how God showed us he has a plan for our lives.
“It revealed a whole new connection to him; a chance to be in awe.”
Hauser and her husband Tom formed Made for More Ministries, which features various outreach programs for men, women, teens and children.
M4M also works with a ministry specifically designed for post-breast cancer treatment women. Horses-Healing-Hope features equine therapy at a location in The Woodlands. Hauser is working to get more sponsors for it, and she also wants to start an equine therapy program for children.
“The reason I want to do this for women … society sees the baldness. The reality is, life goes on. People move on to the next thing; for that woman, she’s still lost and scared.
“There is a need for TLC for post-treatment women and horses mirror your soul.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor women for the nonprofit Horses-Healing-Hope can visitwww.madeformoreministries.com/horses-healing-hope. Hauser’s book also is available for purchase at www.madeformoreministries, and more information about the various ministries can be found on the website.
Hauser is now cancer free, and she goes for checkups every six months. But her journey with God will continue every day.
“We have learned that when we do it, we just mess it up. Life is a constant work in process. I’m just going along for the ride,” she said.
“When you have breast cancer, you are humbled.”