“We immediately had someone we could trust.” That was Sandra Rushing’s first thought when at age 55, she arrived at GI Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, and saw Dr. Hogan walk into the room. Sandra’s journey to GI Associates began when she noticed blood in her stool and a few weeks later experienced severe abdominal pain. Her general practitioner recommended a colonoscopy at GI Associates. Her tests results showed that cancer had developed in her colon and surgery would be required. Many ups and downs followed as Sandra endured surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and even a realization that the cancer had spread to her liver. Her positive attitude was obviously a factor in her recovery. “I determined that I am not a statistic and that God had His own plans for me,” she reports.
Today, Sandra is cancer free and GI Associates continues to monitor her health. She speaks of the ease of scheduling, the thoroughness of information, the efficiency and professionalism of the staff, and the warmth and friendliness of the nurses and doctors. “I have never felt rushed if I ask questions or voice concerns. Dr. Hogan is my hero. He never fails to celebrate my good health with me and explains test results thoroughly.”
Sandra continues to encourage others to schedule a colonoscopy at the age of 50. When she was 50, the advice was not as commonly known as it is today. Sandra’s father had colon polyps and ideally, she should have started screening at age 40. With a family history, her sons will start their screenings early and be able to catch any polyps before they develop into cancer. If you are age 50, don’t delay! Schedule your colonoscopy with GI Associates today. You don’t need a doctor’s referral and many insurance companies offer this regular screening with no out of pocket expense to you. If you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, talk with your doctor about when to start your screening. Colon cancer is preventable and if caught early, is one of the most treatable cancers we face today.