I am over 50 years old and had been putting off my colonoscopy because of fear of the prep and the procedure. I know, I know—I’m an oncology nurse and most of my patients have been through the procedure. I was having a difficult time coming up with plausible excuses. I realized I needed to put on my big girl panties (then take them off) and be an example to others. March was Colon Cancer Awareness month and a reminder to schedule my screening.  This is not a pleasant subject for dinner conversation.  A lot of people have the same reservations I did. Since colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, I hope talking about my personal experience can help dispel fear and move you (no pun intended) to get screened.  Continue reading