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SaEada Evans — Using spirituality and medicine to overcome breast cancer

Ruby (SaEada) Sharon EvansHaving endured cystic breasts for years, SaEeda Evans was tired of having them so frequently aspirated – so she stopped going to the doctor.

"I didn’t get checked for a few years," she admits. Then she found a painful lump under her arm. It was stage III breast cancer.

"I can take care of it myself," she thought.

Evans followed a macrobiotic diet and underwent cleanses. The lump went down, and the pain stopped. But then she developed a new cancer – an aggressive, inflammatory cancer.

Around that time, Evans, who calls herself multi-religious, had a spiritual experience. A friend from her old home in Hawaii had recently died of breast cancer. Evans built an altar and prayed for her friend: "And her friend’s spirit came. She said, ‘By the time I turned to medicine, it was too late. You need to do both.’"

"I did Buddhist chants and visualizations. I would picture the chemo and radiation as bursts of gold-colored light, knocking out the cancer."

~ SaEeda Sharon Evans

Taking that advice, she began treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. She underwent chemotherapy, a full mastectomy, radiation, and then a year on the drug Herceptin, which targeted her specific type of breast cancer. Her spirituality never flailed. "I did Buddhist chants and visualizations," she says. "I would picture the chemo and radiation as bursts of gold-colored light, knocking out the cancer."

Before her operation, she also buried two rose quartz heart-shaped crystals in the earth as a ceremonial goodbye to her breasts.

Evans has nothing but praise for the health-care professionals who helped her.

"I felt comfortable with their spirits," she says. "You have to decide whether to trust your physician and trust what they have planned for you."

Evans is now nine years cancer-free and has a clean bill of health. Her doctors say she has good blood pressure (something she attributes to her frequent walks) and she only gets screened for cancer twice a year for peace of mind. In her spare time, she makes fairies, angels, walking sticks, and other “spiritual tools,” which she gives away to friends, family or random people on the street to “help them on their spiritual journey.”

After nine years, Evans doesn’t like to use the term “remission.”

"I prefer to think it’s not coming back," she says. "It’s gone forever, in this lifetime and in any others!"

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