Mette-Marit, Haakon, and the Dr. gave an interview about MM's condition to NRK
if you right-click into empty space and choose "translate to English", the video will give you English subtitles.Crown Princess Mette-Marit (45) has been diagnosed with chronic pulmonary fibrosis. "I have to teach myself to live with the uncertainty," says Crown Princess.
"I've been struggling with health challenges for a few years now. In recent years, the plagues have been more pronounced. This means that we have now been through a rather long process to find out more about what it is and now we begin to get some answers.
"It turns out that it is more chronic than we had hoped for, but it also means that a little more pieces fall into place, so it's also a very big relief for me," says Mette-Marit to NRK.
The couple has chosen to publicize the chronic disease because it will limit the crown princess's working capacity in the future.
"It is clear that it is never pleasant to talk about their own health publicly, but it is clear that we see now that in the period I will be in with further investigations and possible treatment, I will be a part away . This means we have to tell about it without much speculation about it.
The couple does not want to go into the exact diagnosis.
"It's a lung fibrosis. It's going to be a situation where we need more investigation and will figure things out eventually, but there are probably things we can not answer, so we may have to live with some uncertainty. I think that will be the reality, says Crown Prince Haakon Magnus.
Crown Princess has lived with the disease for several years, but has first been diagnosed now .
"I've had periods where I've been bad for some time, so I know a bit about what this is all about. This is nothing new to me, even though we have got it more described now. I am primarily concerned with working as much as possible and am very happy about it, but then it is clear that there will be periods when I'm not as good as I wish I was.
- It has now been discovered early and has been very stable until now. There are two signs that are positive for the forecast in the future. I think that with some adjustments, it is most likely that there will be many good days in front of us, "says the Crown Prince.
Crown Princess admits that it is demanding not to have all the answers, but says she is very optimistic:
"I think some of life is about learning to live with uncertainty. That's the way for me too, but I'm very optimistic about what's going to happen next and very happy that I have so good people around me, and not least that this was discovered at such an early age.
May be heavy breathing
Professor at Rikshospitalet Kristian Bjøro is the Crown Princess's doctor. He says crown princess Mette-Marit must count on several investigations and researches in the future, but the doctors are optimistic.
PHOTO: GUNHILD HJERMUNDRUD / NRK
Professor at Rikshospitalet, Kristian Bjøro is the crown princess's doctor. He says that chronic lung fibrosis is a group of conditions that can affect the lung function over time.
- What has been shown is changes in crown princess lungs that are classified as chronic lung fibrosis. Lung fibrosis is a condition where the normal lung tissue is replaced by connective tissue. Then it's a somewhat unusual type we've shown to her. Then it should be emphasized that when this was first demonstrated, there were very limited changes, and at the time we followed it has been a modest development, "says Bjøro.
The doctor emphasizes that they have been monitoring the disease for a long time, and that development has been limited.
"Generally, the symptoms will be that they get heavy-headed and get what we call shortness of breath in good Norwegian. It is often a little late symptom, cough. And then, many will also have general symptoms, first and foremost weariness and reduced work ability.
Do you know the reason that Crown Princess has got the disease?
- No, we do not. It is the case with most of this type of disease that you do not know exactly what the cause is. Some types of pulmonary fibrosis can be conditioned in environmental or lifestyle conditions. It is not the case of the kind we believe crown princess is affected.
"Here we also think that it is autoimmunity. It's a term that says it's the body's immune system that attacks its own tissues and the body's own cells.
- If this is part of an autoimmune disease process - how serious is it?
"It's hard to answer because this kind of disease processes often have an unpredictable disease course. Some such diseases develop rapidly, but usually it is a slow development and hopefully a development that can be controlled by medical treatment, the doctor answers.
According to Bjøro, Crown Prince is investigated and examined at the National Hospital.
"There are several specialties that have been working on this, as always, with this kind of complexity and complex disease states. It is rheumatologist, lung physician of course, clinical immunologist, x-ray specialist with special knowledge of lung xenon.
- Could it also be treated with treatment abroad?
"It happens that we send patients abroad, but in the first place we will handle this at Rikshospitalet in cooperation with specialists abroad," Bjøro replies.
Some studies and investigations remain, for example, to clarify whether this is an autoimmune process only in the lungs or if there are other organs involved or may be involved.
"When we have more overview, we can hopefully offer crown princesses who can slow down and, at best, control disease development.
According to Bjørlo, the doctors are optimistic on behalf of Crown Princess:
- We are absolutely. This has been proven early and we have a good hope that we will be able to control this, and control disease development in a good way.