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Krista explained that her role in partnering with organizations like the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and the Colon Cancer Coalition helped provide a whole new perspective.
“I saw the impact they have and how they not only help people navigate a recent diagnosis with colon cancer, but also target populations that need to know colon cancer is preventative and treatable if you find it early,” she stressed. “They really do a tremendous job promoting the importance around getting screened, paying attention to our body, being your own health advocate and making sure you take the first step of getting screened because if you do, and you find a cancer diagnosis or a polyp early – it is a treatable disease.”
Krista explained how honored she feels to get to work with the nonprofit organizations and see people devote their lives to sharing the message. She also explained that by just being an employee of Olympus, she is more aware of colon cancer and the importance of getting screened.
She explained her first colonoscopy as easier than she expected. Like anything new, Krista shared the same nervous and jittery feelings as any first-timer-- with tales of prep horror stories in her head.
“The prep isn’t as terrifying as some of the stories you may hear,” Krista said. “A half-day prep is nothing compared to what I’ve seen people go through with an advanced stage of colon cancer. The prep and the procedure were done in less than 24 hours. You [also] hear people talk about the wonderful nap – I think Oprah calls it the ‘sedation vacation’. I was surprised how easy the prep and actual day of colonoscopy were.”
Krista explained that her total colonoscopy time was approximately an hour and a half. The minute she got to her appointment, she felt fine and was relieved to learn the whole procedure was quite easy. Additionally, she explained if more people were open about their experiences, there wouldn’t be such a stigma to the procedure.