As a former caregiver to an amazing woman and a current 20-something who's had 4 colonoscopies within the past 2.5 years, I feel it important to share my screening story on the last day of #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth.
Some know why I get screened, many don't, and that's okay, because the story behind (get it?!) my screening and the story of my screening are equally important. Not only do I know my family history, I also made a promise to my Mom. The night she sat me down and told me the prognosis wasn't what we thought, was the night she made me promise to start my screenings at 25. For a frame of reference, this is 10 years earlier than her own doctor's suggestion, 20 years earlier than the age she was diagnosed stage IV, and 25 years before the suggested screening age. "Mom knows best" as the saying goes, so February 2015, I had my first colonoscopy and upper endoscopy at the amazing @nyphospital #LowerManhattan. That day, my GI removed 2 polyps (one sessile polyp and one tubular adenoma to be more specific) from my colon, plus I had an abnormality in my stomach. My doctor was surprised, I was surprised, and ever since we've had a yearly date.
If Mom knew she was right, I know it would break her heart, but without her promise, things could be a lot different. Knowing your family history is important, making that promise to your loved ones and yourself is important. Yes, I'm only 27 years old. Yes, I began screening 25 years before the suggested screening age. Yes, it might not be considered the most glamorous of procedures, but if you can glorify a random celebrity's bum, why can't you glorify your own with a potentially lifesaving, and literally forgettable, procedure?
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