Lufkin woman loses sisters to breast cancer during her battle - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Lufkin woman loses sisters to breast cancer during her battle with the disease

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Watching others around you lose their battles to breast cancer seems like a bad nightmare. But it was reality for Robbie Kendrick who too had breast cancer in 2010. Today, she's thankful to spend yet another holiday with her family despite losing both her sister and sister-in-law to cancer.

For a couple years, mammograms became part of a bi-annual check up for Robbie Kendrick. Spots were something doctors had detected previously but never what Kendrick discovered the day before her birthday in 2010.

"That night on May 24 I was taking a shower and I found a lump on my left breast," Kendrick said. "It was actually on my chest wall."

The then 53-year-old decided to get care in Houston.

"By the time we actually got down there to see a doctor it had got into my lymph nodes. I had found a couple knots under my arm," Kendrick said.

An ultrasound and MRI were next on the check up list.

"When they did the ultrasound they found that it was cancer at that time," Kendrick said.

Though she was facing the more critical stages of breast cancer her doctor never let her lose hope.

"He said one thing about it we got to be positive; we can beat this with your age," Kendrick said. "You'll have an opportunity to be a survivor."

Surviving didn't appear easy while others around her were losing their own battle with cancer.

"While I was taking chemo I lost my sister and she had been struggling with it for five years," Kendrick said.

Kendrick said shortly after the deadly disease also took her sister-in-law's life. But that still didn't make her lose hope.

"I have a daughter that lives at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center that's 28 years old, and we went to see her every week because we didn't want anything in her life to have to change," Kendrick said. "So, I felt like I had to be positive and keep going for her as well."

16 treatments of chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and a double mastectomy later, Kendrick has survived breast cancer.

"When we removed my breast there was no cancer," Kendrick said. "He said if hadn't had the metal clippings in there I wouldn't have known, so I feel like I am a miracle."

The support from her family has taught her the blessing of spending every special moment with them. This holiday season Kendrick said it's not about gifts.

"It's not about what you can go buy someone; it's the love of a family just to be supportive," Kendrick said. "You have to be positive for your family because you always have somebody else that needs you."

Kendrick said after losing her hair to cancer it has grown back to be the color gray. She said it's given her a reason to laugh now and said she's earned it.

Copyright 2013 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Affidavit: 3 suspects in Nacogdoches County burglary caught with door in their vehicle

    Affidavit: 3 suspects in Nacogdoches County burglary caught with door in their vehicle

    Monday, August 20 2018 4:57 PM EDT2018-08-20 20:57:34 GMT

    A deputy with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on burglary charges after an alert Texas Department of Public trooper stopped a vehicle that had driven away from a home on U.S. Highway 259 that he knew was abandoned.

    More >>

    A deputy with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office arrested three people on burglary charges after an alert Texas Department of Public trooper stopped a vehicle that had driven away from a home on U.S. Highway 259 that he knew was abandoned.

    More >>
  • Beloved Lufkin pediatrician who led effort to create Z&OO Railroad dies

    Beloved Lufkin pediatrician who led effort to create Z&OO Railroad dies

    Monday, August 20 2018 2:09 PM EDT2018-08-20 18:09:10 GMT
    Dr. George Thannisch (Source: Carroway Funeral Home website)Dr. George Thannisch (Source: Carroway Funeral Home website)

    A beloved Lufkin pediatrician and philanthropist has died. Dr. George Edward Thannisch died Sunday at the age of 89. 

    More >>

    A beloved Lufkin pediatrician and philanthropist has died. Dr. George Edward Thannisch died Sunday at the age of 89. 

    More >>
  • Community rallying behind Lufkin all-stars

    Community rallying behind Lufkin all-stars

    Sunday, August 19 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-08-20 00:23:07 GMT
    Photo: KTREPhoto: KTRE

    Making history, once again, fans, friends and family members of the Lufkin Little League Junior League team cheered behind the all stars on Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings.

    More >>

    Making history, once again, fans, friends and family members of the Lufkin Little League Junior League team cheered behind the all stars on Sunday at Buffalo Wild Wings.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly