The Colon Cancer Podcast
About This Show
A one-on-one interview with survivors, care-givers and others affected by the all-too-common, but not as “famous” cancer. Join us as a new guest shares their story and shines some light on the darkness of colorectal cancer.
Most Recent Episode
Conquering Mt. Everest After Conquering Colon Cancer, With Jon Platten
Jon Platten was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Just outside of Washington, D.C. I went to High School at TC Williams High School, if you’ve seen the movie, “Remember the Titans”, that is where I went to High School. I excelled in basketball, football and was terrible (horrific may be a better description of how I played) baseball. After high school and 1 year of college, I served an LDS mission to the California Ventura mission, returned to Washington DC and served on President Ronald Reagan’s Inaugural Committee as a national spokesman covering Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Since then I have earned a College Degree from Dixie State University, been in film work as an actor, appearing in 37 major motion pictures, TV series, and commercials and was in radio for several years. I am currently working in Accounting for a Fortune 500 retail company and part time as a basketball official for the Salt Lake Basketball Officials Association and assisting with teaching Aikido martial arts in advanced belts. I have been athletic all my life. Sports, martial arts and body building. Whatever would keep me physically active. Why do I tell you these things? because 1) to point out that cancer does not discriminate. It attacks anyone at any age, gender, race, any height, weight or physical background and 2) because at no point in my life did I think I would ever get cancer. It never crossed my mind. I have been an athlete all my life. I thought I was in excellent physical shape. Little did I know! So let the journey begin. In my body building years I got to the whopping size of 226.8 pounds. One brother called me“ no neck” and another nicknamed me ”mutant.” Around the middle of 2014 I started to notice that I was losing weight, not intentionally, and that I was having odd bowel issues. Still didn’t think too much of it. Around October I mentioned to my wife my issues and she suggested that I go to a doctor. I thought, “I’m a perfect specimen of health. I don’t need a doctor”. Well matters got worse and I was now down to about 196 lbs. So I went to see my family doctor who suggested that I have a colonoscopy. So here I am 55 years old, almost 56, and I am about to have my first colonoscopy. On January 9th 2015 I was scheduled and had the procedure. When I came out of the anesthesia my wife, who was sitting next to my bed was crying. (I thought to myself, “well, Thi