This journey brought me to the right place at the right time because, thanks to the ‘Gift of Life,’ I received the help I needed.

Moving to Texas from London, Susan Dimaline, 64, arrived in Beaumont “devastated and destitute,” having lost her husband to brain cancer three months after his diagnosis. Without health insurance, Susan felt powerless to seek her own vital screenings. Thankfully, a dear friend continuously encouraged her to seek the services of the “Gift of Life,” finally inspiring her to schedule a mammogram.

The regular screening, sponsored by the Gladys D. Bevil Charitable Trust at the Willard Library, yielded irregular results. In early 2010, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Now recovering from a mastectomy performed at UTMB-Galveston, Susan acknowledges that, though the road was hard, she is fortunate to have a second chance at living. She credits her intuitive friend and the compassionate care of the “Gift of Life” for detecting her cancer early enough to save her life.