It was a miracle I was able to get this mammogram, and I believe it saved my life.

After raising four boys, Earnestine Anderson, 52, of Beaumont, was accustomed to giving motherly advice, so she listened to her sister’s pleas to call the “Gift of Life” for a free mammogram.

Earnestine, who received a screening at a St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians-sponsored van site at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in June 2010, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal

Carcinoma. Years earlier, she witnessed her mother courageously battle breast cancer that was detected at a late stage, so she was relieved to learn her own cancer was caught early.

Earnestine has completed chemotherapy at UTMB-Galveston and is undergoing radiation treatment. She knows there are many other women without health insurance and feels that, thanks to the “Gift of Life” and the wonderful advice of her sister, she is one of the lucky ones.