EL PASO, Texas - When Alicia Vasquez was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was determined to fight her fight.
"I wanted not to be afraid I wanted to be strong, and the first minute I found out I had cancer I said I want to fight for my life, and whatever they tell me I have to do, I'm going to do it."
At the time of her diagnoses, Vasquez was unemployed and without insurance. Without the money to pay for her bills, she sought out the help of the Cancer and Chronic Disease Consortium, a local nonprofit organization that assists low income/uninsured cancer patients through the process of battling their cancer, as well as taking care of many of the bills for the patients.
For Vasquez, the thought of leaving behind her loved ones was something she wanted to avoid at all costs.
"It is hard because you don't want to leave him behind," "you love your husband and you don't want him to have to go through something so hard."
Having plenty of support is necessary to battle the deadly disease, says Vasquez.
"If you don't have the support you're just going to break down. I got a lot of support from the Cancer Consortium," and "I felt very comfortable here and knowing I wasn't going to have to worry about my medical bills I was only going to have to worry about my health."
Vasquez is appreciative of the help the organization gave her during her battle against breast cancer, and she advises women to get their mammograms as soon as possible to get an early detection in case they have cancer.