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She decided to go with the trial ther-
apy after a machine made the decision
for her that it would be radiation alone.
She took the chance bearing in mind
that she could not allow the cancer to
deprive her children of their mother s
When faced with such daunting cir-
cumstances some people may take the
chance with an experiment, while oth-
ers may not. Hadeed stepped forward.
It was her first step to overcoming the
odds that were stacked against her.
But unknown to her, when she
arrived at hospital to undergo her first
treatment, there had been a new devel-
opment in her case. Her doctor greeted
her with the news that what was orig-
inally looking like a fist-sized tumour
in her stomach was actually "a group
of air bubbles" in her intestines.
Hadeed felt she had experienced her
first miracle, as she had already turned
her life devoutly toward the Lord and
her spiritual transformation had already
begun. She had to have her spleen
removed as a precautionary measure
and she commenced six weeks of treat-
Perhaps the depths of her pain can
best be captured on Page 6 of her book
where she says: "Each day, Aziz drove
me to the hospital to receive my radi-
ation treatment. God knows how grate-
remembered those days as if they were
yesterday, lying in the back of the car,
sick to my stomach from the treatment,
holding onto my pillow for comfort,
and tormented by all the thoughts that
raced through my mind."
Back in Trinidad, a prayer group was
being formed and her friend Peggy
Burmingham was central to that effort.
When she moved away from
Hadeed s neighbourhood, Hadeed had
the challenge of carrying on with the
group. It was the prayer group that
allowed her to experience an emotional
and spiritual side to her life that led
her to embark on what she believes is
a calling for her to reach out to others
and touch their lives.
Her struggles were not only with her
cancer, which she survived, but the real
test of her faith and courage was to
come when her husband was diagnosed
with cancer in February 1993 in his left
kidney and also with a variant of hairy
cell leukaemia. This was to start a jour-
ney of trials and tribulations that would
usher in an almost 20-year period of
surgeries and treatments that would
end in 2012 with his passing.
She recalls that on Valentine s Day
in 2012 Aziz took a turn for the worse.
There was bleeding in his brain and he
needed immediate surgery. He never
regained consciousness and slipped into
a coma. On February 26 after a 12- day
battle, he passed.
Mona Hadeed had lost her husband
of 40 years and through it all she never
once asked the Lord why. Her tribute
to her late husband tells another story
of courage of determination to succeed.
She tells his story in the book this way:
"Aziz Hadeed was a great man, who
came to Trinidad from his hometown,
Amar al-Hosn, in Syria. I can remember
the enthusiastic young boy he was at
age 21. Coming to join his brothers in
business and to make a better life for
himself and his future, he forged for-
ward to learn the language, make him-
self a part of the community, and
understand the culture of the country
he chose to live in."
Her fond memories of him and her
admiration for the odds that he had to
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overcome to become successful in
business in this country are a story
all by themselves. Hadeed gives us
a glimpse into that while also shar-
ing with us her own challenges
over 19 years with his illness.
Her faith has been strengthened
in ways that she never imagined.
Her story has touched the lives of
so many, not to mention her editor,
Megan Wilson. At the book launch,
it was revealed that Wilson had
sent out some flyers advertising
her services as an editor just at the
time that Hadeed was looking for
someone to play that role in telling
her story. As fate would have it,
they were brought together through
one of Hadeed s spiritual friends,
who had got one of Wilson s flyers
in his mailbox. After a chat in a
casual setting at West Mall, Hadeed
handed over the story of her life
to a total stranger to help her write
Little did Wilson know that she
too would be personally affected
by Hadeed s manuscript. Wilson
confirmed that her life was trans-
formed as well.
Many things were said at the
book launch that highlighted this
story of faith, courage and strength.
Hadeed s son Dominic spoke about
his mother s courage and how
much of the struggle she kept to
herself. In many respects, she may
be regarded as the tower of
strength for her family, but she
must know now that her story has
inspired many and will inspire
The book has been a bestseller
since its launch and is now sold
out. More copies are expected soon.
It is a compelling story of how one
person can face the challenges of
cancer, not only in her own life,
but also in her husband s life, and
embark on a journey into deep and
abiding faith that grows stronger
with each new challenge that is
laid out on the road map of destiny.
Mona Hadeed ends the book by
saying, "The journey continues."
Mona Hadeed's battle with cancer
Hadeed says her faith is what helped her through a battle with cancer.
PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
Her struggles were not only with her cancer,
which she survived, but the real test of her
faith and courage was to come when her
husband was diagnosed with cancer in
February 1993 in his left kidney and also
with a variant of hairy cell leukaemia.
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