Quest for health spawns a book

Survivor: Clare Evans' book Pure Balance details the author's quest to find mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Photo: Elenor Tedenborg

Survivor: Clare Evans' book Pure Balance details the author's quest to find mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Photo: Elenor Tedenborg

CANCER instigated a journey of spiritual healing for Clare Evans, prompting her to write a book and share her story. 

Pure Balance hit shelves earlier this month, detailing the journey of a non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor and the mental health hurdles she endured in recovery. 

Ms Evans was busy raising her two daughters in Esperance with her husband when she was struck with the life threatening disease in 2008. 

After six rounds of chemotherapy, travelling between Perth and Esperance for treatment, Ms Evans was given the all clear and told she was in remission. 

Her physical health returned, but her emotional and mental health was in tatters. 

Ms Evans said her book touches on a lot more than surviving cancer. 

As a volunteer community presenter for the Black Dog institute, the author is passionate about dispelling some of the myths associated with mental illness. 

"Once I got sick, it changed a lot. It changed everything in our lives," Ms Evans said. 

"I don't think a lot of people talk about [mental health] in cancer survival. 

"There's such an emphasis on the mentality 'you've got to be positive', but if we don't actually acknowledge what we're feeling, we're just putting a band-aid on it". 

The author's experimentation with complimentary and alternative medicines such as remedial therapy, reflexology and aroma therapy, led her on a path of holistic health, which eventually allowed her to manage the mental health barriers impeding her recovery. 

"There's this aspect of, 'you've finished treatment now so let's get on with life'. 

"But it's more than just chemotherapy that comes into play for whole being healing," she said. 

Ms Evans kept a journal during her year of treatment, which ultimately lead to the release of her first book Pure Balance. 

Writing proved to be a form of therapy in itself for the author, who worked in administration prior to her diagnosis. 

A future involving book signings, publishing contracts and writing in the self-help genre are now carving Ms Evans' career path.

"It's about mind, body, heart and spirit ... It's a whole system that works together and each one can't be ignored".

Esperance, although no longer her home, is a place where Ms Evans said she began to reconnect with herself. 

"It's that pure energy that comes from untouched areas. 

"The isolation is actually its greatest strength," she said. 

Ms Evans will visit Esperance in mid December and hopes to launch her book in the place that started her quest to find health. Further details to come.

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