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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fox 26 KRIV reporter Andrea Watkins battling breast cancer

You may have noticed Fox 26 KRIV morning reporter Andrea Watkins has been missing lately. Unfortunately it is because she is in a battle with breast cancer. Anchor Melissa Wilson profiles Watkins and her family's fight with the disease:

Andrea Watkins
Andrea Watkins
"I'm such a realist, when I saw that mammogram, I knew," says Watkins, with tears in her eyes. She knew that she had breast cancer and would soon have to begin the fight for her life.

Watkins' husband Severo told FOX 26, "This thing starts, and it's a freight train coming at ya."
Watkins had very small tumors, but several of them. The groups of white dots, called calcifications, were all signs of trouble. When Watkins saw so many of these suspicious areas, she turned to specialists at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for help.

"You take a big breath and say, 'OK! Here we go,'" says Watkins.

Surgeons performed a double mastectomy on Watkins and removed several involved lymph nodes. While Watkins and her husband felt they were in capable medical hands, they realized that cancer does not just affect the patient. It takes a toll on the entire family. READ THE REST

According to the article, Watkins will be returning to work part time. She has been with the station since 1990 when she started as a producer and weekend anchor.

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