Ashlie’s breast cancer miracle and radical diet change

My name is Ashlie Sanders. On May 23, 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 1 infiltrating ductile carcinoma breast cancer. I was 34 years old. Due to the size of my tumor (about the size of a marble) and my young age, my doctors wanted to treat it very aggressively.

I had just been pregnant and lost a baby at 16 weeks pregnant two months earlier. My doctors then told me that I would probably never have another child because of the estrogen sensitive cancer that I had and because the chemo would kill most of the viable eggs I had.

On May 25, 2011 I went to my church’s Wednesday night service. Approximately 40 people gathered around me and prayed for at least 30 minutes that night. That Saturday night, my chest (my tumor was in my chest wall) started vibrating and it vibrated for three days. When I had surgery less than three weeks later (surgery was delayed because of me. I was unsure I wanted to have surgery), my tumor had disappeared. Only the metal marker that my surgeon had placed in the tumor was still in the biopsy cavity. The tumor clearly showed on an MRI, PET scan, and two chest x-rays. My surgeon removed the biopsy cavity and 2 lymph nodes and all tissue inspected by pathology showed no cancer cells at my follow up after surgery. My surgeon and oncologist still recommended the most aggressive plan of radiation treatments due to my age and the initial size of the tumor. And a second opinion recommended chemo as well.

After three months of prayer and my family’s support behind me, I decided to walk away from all other traditional treatment options and instead embrace nutrition therapy.

I sought a nutritionist and started juicing. I tried to juice about 40 oz. of carrots, kale, garlic, apples, and beets 2-3 times a week. I avoided meat and became a vegetarian. I didn’t become a vegan because my nutritionist recommended that I still eat fish, cottage cheese and eggs. And because I was very thin at the time from all the stress, she was afraid I would drop even more weight. It took a while to embrace the new lifestyle, but I stuck with it.

At my 8 month appointment with my breast cancer surgeon for check-up, I was still cancer free. The following month, February, 2012 I learned I was pregnant again. Due to the fact that all of my traditional doctors told me that they would recommend an abortion due to the fact that I had estrogen sensitive breast cancer, I decided to use a midwife instead. I juiced my entire pregnancy and ate healthy and had no ultrasounds or tests to determine defects of the baby.

We had faith that the Lord would take care of us both and He did!

November 15, 2012 I delivered our second son at a home water birth. He was perfect and a very plump 8 lbs. 12 oz. We named him Elijah John after the faith of Elijah and John the Baptist. He has developed much faster than our first and is standing up and trying to walk at 7 months old.

I am still here and doing great! And our sons are healthy and strong as well. I make juice drinks that I turn into smoothies for my 4 year old son and I drink juice drinks and my 7 month old nurses and drinks my veggie milk.

What books, products, and supplements do you recommend?
I follow Juicing Vegetables on facebook, gerson therapies, and information from my nutritionist. I also like the book The China Study.

I have used my Jack LaLanne Juicer at least 2-3 times a week for the past 2 years.

Thanks so much for letting me share my journey. You are an inspiration to me Chris. When I made my decision to walk away from traditional treatment, I could find no one online or in books that did what we both did. I had to pray and depend on the Lord. Thanks for encouraging me!

My email is ashlie [at] ashliesandersphotography [dot] com


Thank you so much Ashlie!

Nothing gets me more excited than testimonies of miraculous healing because they show the power of God at work in the world. And I love that fact that after being healed she chose to take control of her health, radically change her diet, and honor God with her body. She took the path of faith rather than the path of fear. Whether we are healed instantly or gradually, we are all responsible for what we put in our bodies. Clearly Ashlie understands that.

Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. -James 5:13-16

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Trey Smith

    Thank you for sharing this story. It is very inspiring and encouraging on many levels.

  2. Gretchen

    Ashlie, thank you for sharing your story with us, it is wonderful. God is SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD and will heal us through faith in Him. It sounds like your Church is awesome!!! I’m SO happy for you.

    Love in Christ,

    I’m also a survivor :D

  3. Arlette Willis

    Beautiful stand of faith! Beautiful manifestation of the Lord’s faithfulness! Congratulations!

  4. Brenda Tollefson

    Great great testimony; thank you for sharing. God is given the honor and the glory due Him. Praise the Lord for such an amazing testimony of His faithfulness and Ashlie’s obedience to honor Him.

  5. Ashlie Sanders

    Chris, I’m so glad that you added James 5:13-16. That is exactly right! I was anointed with oil and brought before the elders of the church where they laid hands on me. My miracle was of and from God. I even started doing something else that was different. The Bible says that the word of God will heal his people. When I had to have all the scans and test, I had to take off my cross and other jewelry. So I decided to write scripture on my body, especially on my tumor site. I continued to do it for strength and then embraced it because I literally believe that the word of God heals. I had scripture written with a sharpie pen all over my thigh when I went into surgery. Also, I embraced nutrition therapy because I felt that I needed to take care of this body that the Lord had saved and try to glorify him with good health and the word of my testimony where ever I go. Thank you so much for sharing my story!

    1. Chris Wark

      Yes! Thank you for adding this. So great!!!

    2. Tammy M. Aguilera

      Awesome idea w/written scriptures on your body. It is His temple. :)

  6. anita

    Thank you for sharing. My husband of 40 years was recently diagnosed with chronic lymphoctic luekemia. He declined treatment of chemo and instead became a total vegan and began juicing. after 1 month all of his markers are in normal range. We are so thankful to the Lord for what he has done and continues to do in both of our lives.Good nutrition and prayer has brought him to where he is today. God is good all the time.

    1. Chris Wark

      I’m going to share this on my Facebook page.
      Please keep me posted on his progress.

  7. Sarah

    I am just beginning my cancer journey. I am choosing not to do Chemo and my cancer is inoperable at this time. I’m at stage iv inflammatory breast cancer. I’m juicing and looking into the Gerson Clinic. Thank you Ashlie for your story. Thank you Chris for your website. It’s so encouraging.

    1. Nadia

      Hi everyone thank u for charing ur experience and wishing u all the fast recovery and the blessing i been diagnostic for the 4 stage breast cancer spread to my right lungs i just find out on last July of 2013 they put under some pills called anastrozol …but in same time I’m doing the alkaline diet ….

  8. carla

    Thank you Ashlie for your amazing story. When I found out that I had breast cancer, I called on all my community of healers and organized 2 remote Healing Circles. During these circles, I lay on my floor meditating, while loved ones all over the country meditated with me, sending healing and love. I felt such profound feelings in my breast, saw colors and felt vibrations. My mastectomy was scheduled for several weeks later, and the tumor on the pathology report was about half the size than that showed on the MRI about a week prior. It was recommended that I have chemo, hormone treatments and herceptin. After much agonizing, I decided to walk away from medical treatment, and instead went on a stringent dietary, herbal and supplement protocol. It’s been a year and a half and I feel healthier than ever. Thank you for your most inspiring story.

  9. Nicole

    Hello Chris! Praise God for this website and sharing your story and this one as well! I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast almost 1 week ago. That’s pretty much all I know other than when they did the ultrasound, my lymph nodes appeared clean and that God is leading me on a path to healing! The radiology team immediately set up an appt. for me with a breast surgeon prior to even knowing the results of the biopsy. However, God has led me on a different path, what a journey it has been already!! The largest parts of my treatment will include prayer, green smoothies, and Sacred Frankincense from Young Living. If you are not familiar with this treatment, the success with it is amazing (google Frankincense and Dr. Lin or Dr. Suhail)! And I know I don’t have to tell you this, but how amazing is it that it was one of the gifts brought by the Wisemen to Jesus at His birth (a drop of Myrh is also added)! The typical protocol is for 30 days, but I’ve been led to do it for 40 days, because that’s how long Jesus spent wandering in the desert.
    I LOVE your video “What every new cancer patient needs to know”! It summarizes perfectly what I have been learning about the nasty “c word” the past couple of weeks! I will be sharing it with family members who are in fear for me taking an alternative route! I no longer fear cancer!

    1. Nadia

      Nicole would what protocol did u use please for ur cancer

  10. Jay

    Great site. Thanks.
    Question. Dr Pat.

    Is he the real deal or should we stick with the formal Gerson Institute and their affiliated location in Mexico?


    1. Chris Wark

      Yes Dr. Vickers is definitely the real deal. He uses the Gerson diet plus many additional protocols.
      Gerson Institute is stuck in 1959.

  11. Tammy M. Aguilera

    Wow Ashlie…… I was dx w/the same exact cancer in my right breast. I did opt for surgery to cut it out. I had a lumpectomy. I just wanted that “thing” out of me b/c it didn’t belong there. I too have changed my eating. I am a vegetarian however I do eat organic chicken. I’ve completely eliminated sodas (I was addicted!), no drive-thru, my recipe for juicing is: organic carrots, beets, organic apples & celery, & I throw in cilantro. I also add organic powdered tumeric & fresh grated ginger. I also consume greens especially kale, cucumbers, zucchini & squash (delish when grilled). Congratulations on the new baby! Happy juicing…… <3

  12. Mandalena

    Ashlie, thank you for the great story. Do you recall what supplements did you use? Thanx ;-)

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