Adventist Health Bakersfield | You + Us | Fall 2019

7 Excellence is our everyday endeavor. company. “I had no idea I would be blindsided by these struggles,” she says. “When I went back to work, I had a different position and the pay wasn’t the same—I was essentially a new employee.” So Kristen is working with legislators to support cancer fighters. “Cancer survivors are vulnerable and need to be protected,” she says. “I’m grateful to be alive and happy to be working. I will use my voice to share my message, because things need to change.” Living and loving every day While Kristen continues to advocate for all cancer fighters and survivors, she also reminds women about the importance of breast screenings. “You can get breast cancer under the age of 40,” she says. “If it wasn’t for my husband telling me to go to the doctor and him going with me, I would have never gone. I tell my husband all the time he saved my life. He’s a remarkable man.” The happy couple is focused on the future. “I continue to see God’s love through him every single day,” Kristen says. “Cancer reminded my husband and me that our time is short—even if it’s 100 years.” ught cancer ’ “I tell my husband all the time he saved my life.” —Kristen Krafthefer, pictured with John in the photos at far left and center Kristen is also thankful for her care team, including Luis Mariscal, MD, Medical Director of the AIS Cancer Center, pictured with her at left. “They treated my whole body,” she says. “They helped my entire family.” Make the call. Have you noticed breast changes? Or have you been putting off your mammogram? For questions, call Quest Imaging at 888-298-6472 . To schedule an appointment, call 888-802-2138 . It might be the most important call you ever make. Finding breast cancer early 3-D technology in Bakersfield Routine mammography helps spot breast cancer in its early stages, when it is easier to treat. Adventist Health Bakersfield’s Quest Imaging was the first Kern County provider to offer 3-D mammography. This technology finds more cancers—early and accurately— than standard mammography, and it adds only a minute or so to your overall test time.