This was my first mammogram. It saved my life.

The main supporter of her household after her husband was disabled 10 years ago, Laura Flowers, 57, of Bridge City, has always worked hard to care for her family, guiding six sons into adulthood.

Lacking health insurance, Laura had not previously received a mammogram, but she called the “Gift of Life” and was provided a free screening at an October 2009 mobile van site sponsored by BBVA Compass at North Orange Baptist Church. A biopsy and follow-up testing at UTMB-Galveston revealed she had a malignant lesion in her right breast.

Relying on her strong faith, Laura bravely chose to undergo a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy treatment and is now on the road to recovery. She is thankful the “Gift of Life” was there for her in her time of need and advises all women to have annual checkups and be mindful of their health.