Saskatoon

Political columnist Jordon Cooper returns after cancer diagnosis

Jordon Cooper says he's going to write for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for as long as they will let him.

StarPhoenix writer says he will continue his work in spite of terminal disease

Columnist Jordon Cooper is back writing for the StarPhoenix after he was diagnosed with cancer in June. (Rosalie Woloski/CBC News)

Jordon Cooper says he's going to write for the Saskatoon StarPhoenix for as long as they will let him.

In June, the columnist was told by doctors that he had colon cancer, which had spread to his liver. Doctors say he has a 50 per cent chance of dying in the next three years.

On Monday, Cooper returned to writing for the paper, filing a column for the first time since his diagnosis.

"I feel like cancer takes so much from you," he told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "So why am I letting this take away the other part of me, which is as a writer? I decided to commit to giving back as long as I can."

In his column, Cooper explains the reasons behind his absence, and the difficulties he had writing during chemotherapy.

"When I first got diagnosed, I couldn't do anything," he said. "I'd write an email and think, that sounds like garbage. That doesn't sound like me … But as a writer, part of me has always said that to fully understand something is the ability to write about it."

He said the last three months have been very difficult, especially on his family. However, Cooper believes the experience has reminded him about the kindness of people.

"I've seen a tremendous goodness and desire to help from the people of Saskatchewan, and that starts with my friends and family," Cooper said. "But it also goes for complete strangers … They instinctively go over and ask, 'How can I help?' I've been hugged in a department store by random people."

While his diagnosis continues to weigh on his mind, he vows his column will return to city hall soon.

"It probably won't be about my cancer," he said. "Politics next week."

With files from Saskatoon Morning