In 2014, about 2,600 people contracted lung cancer.
One of them was Petri Mäkynen.
The disease gradually emerged.
Only a peculiar cough gave indications that not everything was okay.
- It is said that the shoemaker's child does not have shoes, Mäkynen, who works as a nurse, sighs.
- In the summer of 2014, I wasn't terribly surprised, even though the cough bothered me.
And I’ve even been trained to recognize different types of coughs.
Coughing attacks came and went.
Families could point it out.
Otherwise, life rolled on just like before.
- In the fall, I lay down and watched TV.
While I was there, I thought I must now dare to face the truth.
Not everything is right.
Behind Lake Kilpisjärvi, Mäkynen, who lives permanently in northern Norway, was sent for x-rays.
- I got out of the first description, so the radiologist sighed after now that we are still going to the ct machine.
That's when I thought the bang was found.
Petri Mäkynen photographed in Nesseby, Norway in August 2013.Photo: Jouni Kela / Lehtikuva
Mäkysen was given a course of antibiotics and good sequels for two weeks were wished.
- It was a pretty forest feeling.
As a nurse, I did realize what a “Christmas present” I had received.
Mäkynen tried to spend Christmas as normally as possible.
- It had a mother and another relative, so I tried to be positive.
Everyone later said they had sensed that not everything was okay.
They just hadn’t dared to say anything.
Investigations continued in January.
The finding was aggressive.
Fortunately for Mäkynen, the cancer was encapsulated and no metastases were found.
In March, Mäkynen was operated on at Tromsø Hospital in Norway.
- I still remember how I was going to the surgery and I was told that I only ordered a one-way ticket.
And I wasn’t going anywhere in the Canary Islands, but on the operating table.
I remember how I was leaving for surgery and I was told to order only a one-way ticket.
A year passed.
It went with adaptation.
The lower and middle lobes of the right lung were removed from the hill.
- I'm some sort of invalid.
Good when I can oxidize myself.
That’s when I had to start thinking about whether and how I could work in my job at the time.
Fortunately, Mäkynen was already interested in people's sexual well-being in the 1990s.
She studied to be a sex therapist and now has her own reception.
In addition, she will continue to work in Norway as a night nurse for 50%.
- Employment after cancer was self-tailored and one way to survive.
Studying as a sex therapist was interesting for myself, and yet I was able to retain the position of half a nurse in Norway.
I'm the type that always needs to be a backup plan.
I don’t like to play with one card of my life.
Petri Mäkynen says that he is ready to peek behind the disease. Photo: Jouni Kela / Lehtikuva
Now Mäkysen has healthy papers, but the cancer changed the man.
- I've been thinking quite a different way, how this extension is going through.
I am not the same Petri Mäkynen as in 2014. How do I feel?
I do not know.
- Maybe there's still time to go.
I go to work, I go to the store, I pay my bills.
Sometimes you smile, sometimes you wonder and sometimes you get annoyed.
Then I think shit, let’s see what tomorrow brings when it comes.
Mäkyn has often been asked how he can see the positive aspects of cancer.
It’s not easy, but the man is ready to peek behind the disease.
- For me, cancer brought new things.
I have my own business.
Without cancer, I would never have implemented that plan.
Life is still an everyday balancing act.
- My breathing capacity only partially works on this 100-pound carcass.
I may sigh in the middle of a conversation and have to regulate speech.
It may sound to some people that I would be rude.
Mäkynen emphasizes that the importance of peer support for cancer patients in Norway and Finland has played a particularly important role.
- In foreign countries, serious illness and living alone pose challenges.
One positive feature is that there are fellow listeners and people living in the same situation.
They have also given me a good echo and perspective to face my own feelings with cancer and controls while living.
Today Mäkynen goes for a run with the dog more briskly, tomorrow maybe more slowly.
The man has accepted that everyday life can also be viewed with calmer eyes.
- I am had the time to do all the things which others do haste, Mäkynen laugh.