Lois: It's great news that your body is now free of cancer.
How did you find the doctors who helped you?
Jan - The same surgical team that removed the first half
of my very large tumor, which was the size of two fists held together, had
to act again last February, to try and remove the other half, because it
started to grow and leaned on the spinal column, which paralyzed me from
my waist down.
Lois: You've mentioned 3 surgeries. Was there anything
unusual about the surgeries?
Jan - I was nervous this time and even wrote my will,
because I thought I was going to die on the operating table. The two
surgeons tried to convince me I would survive and told me they were going
to use a Swedish method called aggressive surgery. This means they cut
harder, deeper and with more precision and that finally helped to remove
the entire tumor. I spent another six weeks on the hospital and three
weeks after I had been discharged, I met the doctors again and was told
that the diagnosis had been wrong from the very beginning! The tumor was
not a malign one but a benign one and today Ím
expected to be fully recovered.
Lois: Did you do anything else to help your body heal?
Jan - I tried a number of things; kombucha beverage,
birch sap; strong magnets; various herbs; teas; etc. and there was also
many who prayed for me, mostly Americans but also others around the world
and that felt very good even though Ím
not that much of a Christian myself.
Lois: Are you in any rehabilitation programs? If so,
Jan - Not at the moment, no. Last Spring I was in a
rehab program at the Motala City Hospital, which helped my balance get
better. Today I bike 4 miles a day and walk 3 miles twice a week. The
coming Autumn I will train on a gym to get my muscles back and to loose
Lois: People have been concerned that the White Witch
may have cursed you. What really happened?
Jan - Kevin Carlyon was a true nuisance but not much
more and the claim that he cursed me is a media hoax. He performed a
ritual and threw a stone full of magic scribbling into the water,
protecting Nessie from being caught by our sea serpent trap.
Lois: You mentioned that you intend to hunt for Nessie
Jan - Yes, we will return in 2005 to see if there really
is some unknown animal in the loch, which I personally think there is.
Lois: Will you try to trap a baby nessie again?
Jan - No, the trap will only be used in Norway in the
future and modified to standards set by Norwegian biologist́s,
who we will co-operate with next.
Lois: What do you plan for your next Nessie adventure?
Jan - In 2005 we intend to search Loch Ness with a
passive sonar, to see if we can record a language between the unknown
animals believed to dwell there.
Lois: You said you'll be working with a science
institute in the USA. How did this collaboration get started?
Jan - They analyzed some of the Selma sounds for us and
are now as convinced as we are, that there is a family of unknown
creatures in Lake Seljordsvatnet.
Lois: Which scientists will you be working with?
Jan - Their company are called Fauna Communications
Research Institute and they are experts on marine mammal communication but
also land animals and many of their research results will soon be out on
the Discovery Channel.
Lois: What is their cryptozoology experience?
Jan - Not much but their technology and experience with
marine mammals will be very valuable to us, especially in Loch Ness.
Lois: Will you be looking for any other creatures in the
Jan - Yes. This year and next we will search a number of
Swedish lakes that are not so well known, not even to Swedes but we also
have a couple of foreign projects to consider, one in the Arabian
countries and one in South America.
Lois: How are you raising funds for these adventures?
Jan - Through sponsoring by kind people, who give us
free room and board, boats, etc. and companies who lend us their most
advanced technology. What you need to pull that off is a big mouth and a
lot of confidence and I was born with both.
Lois: Do you still need funds for your recovery?
Jan - No, but thank you very much for the funds you sent
me, you and all the others, many good Americans and others throughout the
world. After 100 days at the hospital I had a bill of $1,000 to pay and
even though that may not sound much, it was much to me because I had no
money to pay with since I hadńt
been working for so long. A neighbor convinced me to seek welfare money,
which most people are very ashamed to do in the "wealthy" Sweden
even though this is everyone's right and could be seen as a tax return,
ha, ha. The welfare people were nicer to me than I thought they would be
and since the tumor was something I couldńt
have foreseen, they ended up paying my bill, which was great.
Lois: Have your attitudes about what you want to do with
your life changed because of your long illness?
Jan - Yes. According to my friend and team mate Goran
Rajala Ím nicer, more soft
spoken, more patient. No one can get me to stress anymore either and at 2
PM every day I take my bike into town to sit down on a cafe and have a
Cappuccino and chat with my friends for two to three hours. Ím
retired because of my illness but I love every minute of it. I have a lot
to do with my two websites, and Ím
also writing a novel.
- When my doctor recently said it was a mystery to him
that I got the tumor in the first place, I replied that this was not the
case for me. It́s a long story
and I might write a novel
about that too, but because of my tumor I met a girl
that is the loveliest creature on the face of this earth and she has taken
care of me ever since. Frida is not the only girl though, to appear in my
life after my long and severe illness. After being a bachelor since 1991,
when I broke up from living together for 11 years, there now seems to be
women around every corner!
- Frida is nursing me in a way which must be every mańs
dream. Isabelle is building me a new GUST website, using a magic wand.
Lena is teaming up with us as our new chef and will be by my side on every
future expedition in Sweden and maybe a few abroad as well. Niina is still
taking care of my cat when Ím on
expedition, lovelier than ever before. And four other girls are waiting in
the Land of the Midnight Sun to get my undivided attention, isńt
Lois: Is there anything else you want to add about your
adventures looking for mysterious creatures?
Jan - In the years to come we will concentrate our
search to Lake Seljordsvatnet, Norway, where I think we have our best
chance to prove a family of unknown creatures. With the right team, the
right sponsors and the right agenda it́s
now only a matter of time before we can prove that cryptids do exist.