Seriously II (An ‘Upgrade’)

  ‘Seriously’  I

Dette er åpenbart av mindre interesse for noen (og har intet med fotografering å gjøre), men siden noen av dere anmodet om å bli holdt orientert, så skriver jeg noen ord.
Det er også et annet moment som kan angå svært mange, og derfor har jeg bestemt meg for å være veldig åpen om min situasjon: Det begynte med at jeg fikk diagnostisert en ilter form for prostata kreft (Gleasons skala 9 – omtalt som et ‘høyrisiko’-tilfelle)
I ettertid litt irriterende fordi min lege jo hadde mast på at jeg måtte komme inn for en ny blodprøve fordi han ikke var fornøyd med min PCA!  Og hadde jeg visst mer om hva PCA faktisk innebar, så hadde jeg kanskje møtt opp, men det er ganske fredelig å leve i uvisshet!

This is probably of no interest to many of you (and it has nothing what so ever to do with photograhy), but since some of you once asked me to keep you informed, I’ll write down a few words. There is also another moment which may be of importance to many of you, and that’s why I have chosen to be very honest and straight forward about my situation:
It started with a diagnosis of  a pretty tough case of prostata cancer (Gleason scale 9 – defined as a ‘high risk case’)
In the aftermath very irritating, because my doctor had expressed dissatisfaction with my PCA and asked me to come in for a new blood test. Not knowing what a PCA was, I didn’t pay much attention and months went by . . . It may be a bliss to live not knowing!

For å gjøre en lang historie kortere – Like før jul var diagnosen et faktum: En PCA på hele 22 og en prostatskreft som ikke kunne opereres! I begynnelsen av mai var alle utredninger og undersøkelser gjennomført og første fase av behandlingen (En 2 års hormonbehandling) påbegynt!

To shorten a long story: Just before Christmas (2012) the diagnosis was a fact: With a PCA reading of 22 and an inoperable prostata cancer! What a Xmas present! In the beginning of May all surveys, CT’s and MR’s were finished and the first phase of the treatment was initiated: 2 years on a hormone cure!

I løpet av denne behandlingen begynte smertene å komme. Ikke fra selve kreften, men fra hormonbehandlingen. Og etter hvert begynte skapet med forskjellige medisiner å fylles opp. Medisiner som alle var virksomme nok, men som hver på sin måte hadde spennende bivirkninger som man aldri hadde regnet med. En av disse var en angina!  Nå hadde jeg kreften på den ene siden og på den andre siden en stadig mer fremskreden angina!

During this hormone treatment, the pains started coming. Nor from the cancer itself, but as a biproduct of the hormone treatment. And slowly my cupboard started to fill up with medicines I had never heard of nor knew anything about. Most medicines has bieffects that manifest themselves over time . . .
One of these was a slowly increasing angina. So now I had the cancer on my one side and and increasing angina on the other side!

Etter 3 måneder på hormoner beordret legen ‘storslegga’ tatt i bruk: ‘Stråleterapi’!
Etter planen skulle jeg ha 37 doser, men – på eget ansvar – jeg hoppet av denne behandlingen etter 34 doser.  Og bare 3 dager senere ble jeg innlagt for litt avansert ‘hjertekirurgi’. Dermed forsvant min angina som dugg for solen, men jeg må stadig til kontroll et år fremover for å sikre at intet går galt. Samtidig fortsetter hormonbehandlingen, men ting begynner å lysne. Hvis ingen komplikasjoner inntreffer i løpet av de neste 3 måneder, så aner jeg ‘lys i tunnelen’! Idag viser min PCA 0,3, og det er strålende!

After 3 months on hormones, my doctor order the heavy guns into play: Radiation treatment!  According to the plan I was to receive 37 doses, but – on my own responsibility – I settled for 34. And only three days later I was comitted to the hospital for  some advanced heart surgery. That’s when my angina was killed off and hung to dry, but I’ll need regular check-ups for the next 12 months to ensure nothing goes wrong.  Meanwhile the hormone treatment goes on for another 18 months (at least), but if there are no complications for the next 3 months I’ll beginning to see some lights in the end of the tunnel. Today my PCA reading is 0,3 (And that’s outstanding! )

Og til slutt noen visdomsord dere alle bør legge dere på sinne:
Prostatakreft er en dødelig sykdom! Den kan ramme de fleste menn når som helst gjennom livet, men  risikoen øker med alder.  Men den behøver ikke bety slutten på livet! Isteden bør man kanskje etter å ha fyllt 55 være ekstra på vakt?  Hva som gjør denne sykdommen ekstra skummel, er at man aldri får noen form for forvarsel: Intet ubehag, ingen smerte, ingen symptomer, men den dagen man til slutt ikke kan overse den, så kan det være for sent!
De gode nyhetene er at hvis man oppdager den tidlig, så er overlevelsesstatistikken i dag ganske god! Og alt som skal til er en enkel blodprøve! (PCA) og derfor anbefaler jeg alle menn etter fyllte 55 år å ta en årlig PCA-prøve hos sin lege. Det er den billigste forsikring man kan kjøpe!

And at last a few words of wisdom you all ought to remember:
Prostata cancer is a deadly desease! It may hit any man through life, but your chances to get such a diagnosis increases with age. But it doesn’t neccessarily mean that your life is about to end! Instead we ought to be on guard – especially after having reached 55 years of age. And what syptoms are we looking for?  None, really!  That’s what makes the ‘prostata cancer’ such a dangerous diagnosis: There is no pain, no ailments, no symptoms! In fact, you may feel fine! But when you one day discover that something is not, it may be to late!
The good news is that if your cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, your chances of survival are rather good. So what you ought to do is to take an annual blood test  (PCA) with your doctor or at the nearest hospital. Once your body starts producing cancer cells, a PCA-test will  give you a clear indication that something isn’t quite what it should be, and a CT or MR-scan will disclose the situation!

Som jeg har sagt tidligere: En slik diagnose er ikke nødvendigvis verdens ende! Oppdages svulsten tidlig, er det flere gode behandlingsmetoder. Samtidig får man ofte et nytt perspektiv på verden: Hva som er viktig, og hva som kan vente. Hvordan (og på hvem) man vil bruke den tiden som er igjen (hvis det nå skulle vise seg at man har gått for lenge).
Ikke alle typer av prostakreft er dødelige. Men sier litt spøkefullt at man kan dø av noen av dem, mens man dør med andre av dem! Uansett er en kreftdiagnose nok et lite varsko for de fleste. Livet kommer ikke med noen garantier og derfor bør man bruke hver dag som best man kan.

As I have said earlier: Such a diagnosis isn’t neccessarily the end of the world! (Even if it might feel that way!)  If the tumor is discovered at an early stage, there are today several good alternatives to a treatment that will get you through it! But often such a diagnopsis will alter your perspective on life: How (and on whom) you will use your remaining time (if you have gone too long)
Not all prostata cancers are deadly! Some aren’t even treated! Jokingly they say that you may die from some prostata cancers, while you’ll die with other types. Which ever way you see it, a cancer diagnosis will be a wake-up call that cannot be ignored to most of us! Life doesn’t hold any guarantees, and therefore we should perhaps use each day the best we can?!

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19 Responses to Seriously II (An ‘Upgrade’)

  1. Argus says:

    I wish you all the very best with your health.

    I think ‘we’ have made a few mistakes in recent years, some of them have been noticed and are being quietly corrected (medicos don’t like admitting they were wrong).
    For myself I get a goodly dose of sunlight whenever I can in summer and take Vitamin D in winter; I stay active and adore eggs. Not able to buy lard because of all the fallacies scaring it off the market here (New Zealand) Spouse fries my eggs and stuff in coconut oil … so far, so good … good luck!

    • SeeNorway says:

      Thank you! I’m hoping I’ve put most of the problems behind me by now, but that’s the thing with cancer: You can never be quite sure it’s totally gone. On the other hand my age is very close to 77 and I won’t feel cheated if it should turn out that I’m wrong 🙂
      Life doesn’t hold any guarantees for any of us! Unfortunately!
      Palm oil? Is that the wisest thing to do? With a teflon pan and medium heath you hardly need any fat at all?

      • Argus says:

        Not palm oil, no~! (Eeeeeek~!)

        Coconut oil. Gorgeous stuff.

        I never use teflon, I have an old cast-iron pan … once you’ve conditioned them properly they are non-stick and do great eggs. The secret is getting them conditioned first, and never washing them afterwards—just a quick clean with a paper towel or disposable cloth (if you do wash one, you have to condition it again afterwards).
        I posted on it some while back, I’ll see if I can find it and if I do will advise the link. You-tube has lots of advice …

    • SeeNorway says:

      Sorry! Misunderstood you there. 🙂
      Yes cast iron pans may be burned out in oil before they work properly, but my experience tells me you will have to da that process several times over.
      If you roast bacon in a teflon pan, it’s never gonna be quite the same. Possibly it’s the temperature that does something to it. Likewise there are things on may not roast in a cast iron pan without paying for it . . . 🙂

  2. Du er ein ordentleg tøffing! 🙂 Heier på deg!

    • Seenorway says:

      😀 Takk, Tina, men jeg tror vel det verste er over for denne gang?! Nå vil jeg bare at adressen vår blir kjent for flest mulig (ettersom jeg selv ikke er på FB)

  3. Congratulations and welcome to the cancer survivor’s club. The membership is growing rapidly.

    • Seenorway says:

      Thank you, Malcolm!
      It’s may be a little to early for congrats ( ’cause it was an extremely aggressive form) but I’ll feel a bit safer if there’s no further indications by Feb/March.
      It’s an exiting life 🙂

  4. I am so pleased you decided to post this information, and you know I send you my well wishes… You would think that especially in men over a certain age, that if a PCA test is so simple in the detection from a blood test that this would be mandatory. Knowing the amounts of Prostrate
    cancers their are around the world..

    I was reading recently about the benefits of Turmeric in regard to fighting and killing off Cancer cells and came also across this information so I hope you do not mind me sharing it here with you my friend ..

    Thank you for sharing your story and I am sending you Healing thoughts for your continued good health..
    Sue xox

    • Seenorway says:

      I wholeheartedly agree, but I also think that men in their best age (25-45) think they’re invincible with no need to consult a doctor about anything!
      Unfortunately an increasing number are wrong about this. On the other hand the doctors hide behind advanced terminology (like PCA) and assume that everybody knows what this is all about? (Which people don’t!) So I’m taking this opportunity to write it out with letters somewhat larger than normal! Hoping that a few more get the message?!

  5. Adrian B says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us. And thank you for your advice. Best regards Adrian.

  6. A warning that has been made many times and so many choose to ignore. Best wishes

  7. allesistgut says:

    Thanks for this posting. I wish you all the best!

  8. RoSy says:

    Thanks for the update. Take it easy & take care.
    I am definitely keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.

    • Seenorway says:

      Thank you, Rosy! I don’t think you should have any worries on my part 🙂 I’m through this experience (At least I’d like to think so) But I wrote this ’cause it’s so easy to avoid if you are only consistant taking an annual PCA-test.

  9. Patrizia M. says:

    Ti ringrazio tantissimo per queste informazioni che sono molto utili per chi sottovaluta la diagnosi precoce. Spero che la tua cura continui da dare buoni risultati e tu stia sempre meglio, fino ad arrivare a prendere nuovamente quella luce in fondo al tunnel e riprendere a vivere serenamente.
    Tantissimi auguri!! Pat

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