Social media can make a difference. Here’s a fresh example. At the beginning of March I wrote a post called, If You’re Over Age 50, Please Check This Out. In it I advocated for men and women over the age of 50 to have a colonoscopy in order to reduce the risk of getting colon cancer. I spoke from personal experience. Several years ago I had a colonoscopy that removed five polyps. There was an extremely high chance that one or more would have turned cancerous.
Earlier today I received an email from a reader. Here’s an excerpt:
A couple of months ago, you wrote a post strongly recommending everyone over 50 get a colonoscopy.
Just wanted to say “thank you” for the advice. My doctor removed a couple of polyps. Would they have become cancerous? Well…thanks to your wise advice…I’ll never have to find out.
You are making a difference…and I appreciate it!
That made my day, most especially since today is the one year aniversary of my mom’s death due to lung cancer.
As I said in my original post, you’re reading this because you’re interested in customer service. Well, guess what, the number one customer in your life is you. When you hit age 50, go get a colonoscopy. If you haven’t had a phyical in years, go get one. You owe it to yourself and to those who love and depend on you.
I learned about the importance of colonoscopies through my employer, the American Cancer Society’s High Plains Division. I’ve been working here for 25 years and I wouldn’t have stayed 30 minutes if I didn’t think the Society was making progress in the fight against cancer.
I’m walking in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in my community this Saturday. If you’d like to make a contribution in the fight against cancer, please consider sponsoring me. Even $5 or $10 makes a difference. You can see my Web page here.
If you’d like to know more about what the American Cancer Society does, here’s a post I wrote several years ago for another blog, then moved it here. It’s called 50 Ways To Fight Cancer.
Take care of yourself.
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