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Rugena Devone: Faith and the Power of Prayer

Last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Health Essentials featured Zimmer Cancer Center employee and patient Rugena Devone, newly diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007. Below, Devone updates us on her progress, emphasizing the love of friends and family and the power of prayer in her recovery.

I’m still here and beautiful as ever! I see my oncologist every three months, and there’s no evidence of the breast cancer recurring.

I worked much of the time during my chemotherapy and radiation, except for when I didn’t feel well, and those days were few. It took about six months for me to get my full energy back. Today I feel great!

Since my breast cancer diagnosis, I have overcome many hurdles, learning new things along the way. I learned about family, friends and faith. I’ve learned how to accept a new body and new state of mind, and how to move forward.

During my treatment I found prayer especially helpful. I put it all in God’s hands, something I recommend to anyone facing breast cancer. Prayer can be done anywhere anytime, and helps the healing process.

My goals are to stay healthy, keep my priorities simple, enjoy life, never judge and give thanks to God for all things.

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