Richard Chavis’ Story
Richard Chavis and his wife, Sandra, live in Uvalda, about 20 miles from the Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center.
They have three adult children and like to garden, fish and visit with family.
Richard is now cancer free but was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016.
"I was having some trouble with my prostate, so my daughter had me go to Dr. Gonzalez," he recounts. The Chavis’ oldest daughter, Tina Watson, works at Meadows Regional Medical Center as an office manager.
"Dr. Gonzalez ran some tests and found the cancer and that was when they turned it over to Dr. Cline and said they could treat me right there at the cancer center."
To be able to stay close to home was a tremendous relief for the Chavises.
"And having it at Meadows, where my daughter works, made it better too," Richard said.
All told, Richard had 45 radiation treatments.
"Dr. Cline took really good care of me," he said. "But I got along really well. Everyone there was just really good to us."
When the day came that he learned he was cancer-free, he was overjoyed to be able to ring the center's bell.
"It was wonderful! I liked to ring that bell till it fell apart," he said. "I was really excited."
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