Faith and medicine
Tanisha’s brand of faith seems bundled with self-empowerment. She says she feels fortunate to work at Olympus for the exposure to medical advances, but also for the confidence gained from working in an environment of heightened awareness to colon cancer screening. “Some people are scared of the procedure. Others are afraid of knowing the outcome,” she considers. “But they may not know about the advances in medicine and things that can help,” all of which compelled Tanisha to “get to it.”
“The prep was excruciating but it was worth it,” said Tanisha, who was prescribed a laxative formula to drink one day before the test. Her advice to others who must do this is to plan not to work that day. As far as the procedure itself, she reported: “They removed two polyps, but there was nothing that was alarming.” After a negative biopsy and no evidence of bacterial infections, she considers both her colonoscopy and her upper endoscopy exams a success. She won’t need another colonoscopy for seven more years.
Ironically, Tanisha’s appetite has also returned and she joked that the prep may have jumpstarted it.
Overall, “I’m glad that I went through it,” she concluded. “Olympus had an impact on the importance of getting screened early,” she added. “I know the [screening] age was 50 and now it’s 45, but if you have a concern, please go.”