April H.

Founder/CEO Helps4Health LLC
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Treated with SAVI – May 2008

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Throughout our 32 years of marriage, I often cared for my husband through various health issues. I became his primary support when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005. Being a 24/7 caregiver definitely took its toll on me. Down to 100 pounds and averaging three hours of sleep each night for over a year caused a doctor friend to warn me that I was a walking candidate for cancer.

Then in 2008, with my husband still battling lung cancer, I received my breast cancer diagnosis. My main concern was to minimize the amount of treatment and recovery time so that I could continue to care for Bob. Every minute was precious so I wanted to spend as few of them as possible treating my own cancer. After my surgeon Dr. Caren Wilkie performed my lumpectomy, I was referred to my radiation oncologist, Dr. Charles Hechtman. He explained the more common treatment options, and then he mentioned SAVI – which was relatively new at the time. It was the answer to my prayer and the perfect choice for me.

SAVI not only offered me a shortened treatment time with the best chance of ridding my body of cancer, it also allowed me to continue being there for my husband. So I became the first patient at Halifax Health to be treated with SAVI. I felt great during and after treatment, and barely missed a beat.

I will be forever grateful for SAVI because the 5-day treatment enabled me to be by my husband’s side when God called him home – just four days after I finished my last treatment.