Local colon cancer survivor shares her story to raise awareness and normalize the conversation


Photo courtesy of Petersburg Medical Center

PMC nursing team with SEARHC specialty scopes team in the operating room Sept. 2023, offering colonoscopy services in Petersburg for the first time in years. From left to right: Jordan Stafford, Doris Baldwin, Dr. Bijiibaa' Garrison (SEARHC), Kelly Gebler (SEARHC), Emily Danielson, Kellii Wood, Elizabeth Hart, Jennifer Bryner, Laura Buehler, Mary Kravitz, Tamara McKeown.

"...Don't say the C word..." Cris Morrison remembers telling her husband "...It's a blockage..."

It was 2018, and she had been dealing with severe constipation for the second month in a row.

"I didn't know that it had to do with cancer. I just became constipated..."

Her symptoms escalated to incredible pain, and after an overnight stay at Petersburg Medical Center, Morrison was medivaced to Anchorage for emergency surgery to install a colostomy bag for the bowels to empty into and take a sample of the mass blocking her colon.

When she awoke, she had the option to either go home to Petersburg w...

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