Care for Yourself—So You Can Care for Others – Episode 147

Care for Yourself—So You Can Care for Others

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Featuring: Zorta Evans

Published: January 19, 2019

Former cancer patient Zorta Evans shares with the hosts of Health, Hope & Inspiration an important message about taking ownership of your health, healthcare and maintaining your physical well-being. She encourages individuals to step past their fear and take control of their health—not just for themselves, but for others.

Show Notes:

Zorta Evans is a powerhouse of faith. Diagnosed with uterine cancer at age 49, she refused to waver. In fact, the experience only served to cement her determination. “I wasn’t really terrified, and I didn’t get despair or anything like that.”

She says her faith in God enabled her to go through treatments narcotic-free. “I had a discussion with my oncologist, and I stated to him that I did not want to receive any type of narcotics. I said, ‘The only thing that I would like to receive is either regular Tylenol or regular ibuprofen,’” she says. “I try not to put anything that is not naturally made, that’s not from the Father, inside my body. And I know that if I have to have surgery, He’s already aware of my instances and my situation.”

Evans stresses the importance for individuals to choose faith over fear and to begin to take charge of their health. “Pay attention to the signs and the signals that your body gives you,” she says. “If you don’t get an answer from someone with something that’s going on with your body, seek further treatments or further answers, evaluations, until you get an answer and a possible solution to whatever is going on with your body.” Evans believes we’re accountable to our loved ones. “My outlook is that I want to be here. I have three beautiful grandchildren. I want to be here for all of their life events, so I have to take care of me, and then I have to instill in them that it’s very important that they take care of themselves.”

Quotes:

  • “Immediately I started to pray inside my head. First and foremost, I started to pray because I know He didn’t bring me this far to leave me. I really didn’t have the fear like I should have had due to my faith being so strong.”
  • “Cancer has taught me to pay very, very good attention to the things that I do, things that I put in my body and the things that I do with my body, and to pay attention to the signs and the signals that your body gives you. If you go and don’t get an answer from someone with something that’s going on with your body, seek further.”
  • “I think we see it as a burden, you know, with the doctor and stuff. Instead of us making it as a routine and a necessity for our bodies to function properly and for us to live our life properly, we don’t do that. I was a person that went to the doctor and stayed on top of it. And me, when I find out something, I do research. So, once I was told that I had cancer, I researched it myself.”
  • “You have one body, one life. It’s up to you to take care of it, just like you take care of everything that’s outside of you. You have to learn to start taking care of you first, and then everything else falls into place.”

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