Inspiring East Texan to be featured on General Mills products

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - By Sara Story - bio | email
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HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - An East Texan, who has overcome numerous hardships, will soon be featured in grocery stores near you.

In just two years, Tammy Rutledge was diagnosed and survived three different kinds of cancer. She applied for a chance to share her story with the nation, and she won. Tammy's face will appear on select General Mills products. She hopes to inspire other women.

"It was a big pink ribbon and that's what caught my attention to it," Rutledge says of how she first found out about the contest.

For a chance to have her picture and story featured on products in the store, she filled out a few questions and told her story of survival.

"They did the surgery and they did a biopsy on it then and it was breast cancer," said Rutledge.

She says doctors caught the breast cancer before it spread in 2005. That same year, Rutledge says breast cancer ultimately saved her life. She went in for routine blood tests after the surgery, and that is when doctors noticed something was not right.

"They found that my kidney on my right side was completely full of cancer and so I went in and had it removed," said Rutledge. "Had the whole kidney just taken out."

She survived the kidney and breast cancer, but it did not stop there. Less than a year later, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

"It was like what did I do wrong?" said Rutledge. "Why is this happening to me?"

She says her question was answered when her husband suffered a severe stroke. It paralyzed the left side of his body and left him in a wheelchair.

"I feel like God put me through what I went through to help my husband out - to take care of him," said Rutledge.

Kroger awarded Rutledge's courageous and giving spirit. They picked her as one of three from Texas to be featured on breast cancer awareness products. She is hoping to serve as an inspiration for all who see her face.

Rutledge says her picture and story will be released in October. It will be put on select General Mills Products inside Kroger stores.

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