Behind the Mic: Y 98's Paul Cook shares his battle with cancer
Y 98 radio host Paul Cook. (Credit: Paul Cook)
Y 98 radio host Paul Cook. (Credit: CBS Radio)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
Fans of long-time St. Louis radio host, Paul Cook, were shocked to hear his announcement that he is battling stage four colorectal cancer, a type of colon cancer.
He's been on and off the Y 98 airwaves during his fight with the disease.
Cook is preparing to go through his third round of chemotherapy on Thursday, and yet, he's still trying to make listener's drive home just a little easier.
"I was actually on the air waiting to hear from this doctor, and it went right to voicemail," said Cook.
It was a call that Cook saw coming. From the moment the 16-year St. Louis radio veteran came out of his colonoscopy, he knew something was wrong.
"Looking at their faces, it was like there is something wrong here," explained Cook.
He was diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer in late May, and has already undergone two rounds of chemotherapy.
With at least ten more rounds to go, he knows the path ahead of him is long.
"We're still going through a process and waking up, 'is this really happening?'" said Cook.
Despite the diagnosis, Cook gets behind the microphone at every opportunity he gets. He's encouraged by the people of St. Louis he has rallying behind him.
"There's something magical that I feel. When the chemo wore off the last two times, I feel better than normal. I just know these prayer circles and positive thoughts pushing them towards me keep it going, selfishly," admitted Cook.
Keeping busy during this difficult journey is what's keeping Cook so positive.
"Sitting there with Netflix thinking my stomach hurts is the longest, most painful mental time," Cook said. "I gotta be doing something."
For those also going through tough times, Cook says live in the now.
"Keep it in today, keep your thoughts, your worries into these 24 hours that we've been given," advised Cook. "But stay so hopeful for the future."
In addition to chemotherapy, Cook will need surgery later this year. He plans to work throughout his treatments as much as possible.
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