When I came back from China I had all these good intentions of faithfully blogging about all our experiences... but instead I've been jet lagged, traveling for work and watching Arnold rip apart the house with my parents... also we went to SF for possibly the best conference I've ever attended for work. Check out the view from our hotel room! Sweet! Arnold and I honeymooned in SF and for that, among many other reasons it will always hold a special place in my heart, but like a family member, I have sort of a love/hate relationship with the city. I love everything that's available. I hate how it's ridiculously expensive. I love the awesome weather. I hate that it's so unpredictable that you always end up dragging a coat around with you. I love the diversity. I hate that it takes almost 3 hours to get there despite being only 85 miles from Sac.... etc. etc. but back to my conference. The conference I went to was the National Latino Cancer Conference and if you work in cancer prevention I HIGHLY recommend attendance... which leads me to do something I usually don't do on my blog... talk about work. Mostly I didn't talk about work previously because I've found most of my previous jobs to be frustrating and I didn't think it wise to vent about them online. This isn't a slam on most of my previous jobs, work by it's nature is frustrating, but surprisingly I LOVE my new job, which is... Program Manager of Colorectal Cancer Program. I know? Six months I knew nothing about colorectal cancer, now I am busy embarrassing people by talking about it all the time... but here's the thing. Colorectal cancer is one of the only cancer's the preventable through the screening. If you go get a colonoscopy, it's not like a mammogram where they tell you: 1) Yes you have cancer 2) No you don't.
During a colonoscopy they'll say 1) You have cancer 2) You don't 3) You have polyps.
Polyps are little things that can become cancer but if you have them they'll just take them out and you WON'T GET CANCER. I cannot emphasize how sad it is that people die all the time of a cancer that is preventable through colonoscopies. If everybody got screened for colorectal cancer at age 50, 85% of colorectal cancer would NEVER HAPPEN. NEVER! So here's the message for today, tell everybody you know about colorectal cancer screening and make sure the people you love get screened as soon as they hit 50. GAD and my Mom have already done their duty, but that doesn't mean I don't spend time badgering them into talking to their friends about colorectal cancer screening. Alright it's time to go to work... can't sit around blogging all day....colorectal cancer doesn't prevent itself peeps!