Jolien Pon was born in 1943, married and has 3 sons, 1 grandson and 6 granddaughters.
She worked in her own organization, which offered multidisciplinary treatment for more than 20 years to obese persons. She retired in 2012.
In 2008 she was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer, spread to the lymph nodes. She had two operations and 8 cycles of chemotherapy. Since 2010 Jolien is active as a patient advocate in the CRC working group, part of the Dutch Stoma Association.