EL PASO, Texas -- The month of October is widely known as National Breast Cancer Awareness month and ABC-7 is bringing you the story of an El Paso cancer survivor who shares how she overcame her tough journey.
“I was devastated, my world came tumbling down, I couldn’t believe it,” said cancer survivor Laura Infante after she first found out she was diagnosed with it.
Infante said she did not realize something was wrong for 6 months. “I started noticing things that started worrying me and started scaring me. That was something I've never felt before or dealt with,” she said.
For months, through doctors visits and radiation, Infante said her biggest support system was her family. “It was a very hard chapter in my life, just the word cancer, and it was very hard,” she said. “I have a lot of family and friends who care for me and love me and were right there... right front and center.”
Also vital to her recovery was the El Paso Baptist Clinic and the Albertsons Foundation that provided Infante, who did not have health insurance, with resources she needed throughout her journey.
She said the Albertsons Foundations helped her financially to pay for some of her medical bills while the El Paso Baptist Clinic, a clinic run by volunteer doctors, provided everything from doctors to referrals.
“I want to thank god foremost for putting these foundations and these people there so I can get the help that I need,” she added.
She encourages others to get checked if you suspect something is wrong.
“Anything different, we women know our bodies so we know when somethings going on so just get checked, that's all, go to a doctor, go to a clinic, get the help that you need,” said Infante.
“Every single day is a new day. And I was able to beat cancer, and I'm very happy and I'm very fortunate, very very fortunate,” she said.
If you would like to visit the El Paso Baptist Clinic to receive help like Laura did, you can make an appointment at elpasobaptistclinic.org.