I have a family history of cancer so my doctor suggested I have genetic testing. It showed that I was more likely to get uterine, colon and kidney cancers.
They told me I needed to have a colonoscopy right away and discovered I had colon cancer. Luckily they found the cancer early and it hadn’t spread to the lymph nodes yet.
I’d also talked with my gynecologist at Women & Infants and decided to have a full hysterectomy based on the results of the genetic testing. During that surgery, the doctors discovered I had uterine cancer as well.
Can you imagine? It was a double whammy finding out I had colon and uterine cancer. And I’d never had a symptom. If it hadn’t had the genetic testing and the colonoscopy I might not have found out I had cancer until it was too late.
They literally saved my life.
It was an out-of-body experience. I’m physically active. I work out, I eat right, and I was in good health. It was shocking. I’m so glad I had the testing and the colonoscopy.
And I’m glad I chose Women & Infants. Their Center for Women’s GI Health is an all-female practice. They explained everything, answered every question and addressed every worry I had. From the receptionists to the nurses and especially Dr. Fayek. They really cared and it was that human touch that made a difference.
Today I feel fantastic. And I tell other women that a colonoscopy could save their life too. It definitely saved mine. It sounds corny but the Center for Women’s GI Health is a safe and comforting place to be – the only place. Don’t put it off. I’m glad I didn’t.”
-Ashley Weeks, Women & Infants GI patient