Oskari Saari’s book “Today I am alive” tells about the last months of the diagnosis of cancer by the esteemed sports doctor Aki Hintsa. In a book based on diaries, Hintsa opens up her relationship to religion, among other things.
In the office room sitting alone Aki Hintsa realized he had lived a “then when” life. It was a blow to the face.
Dreams had been waiting, whether it was time spent with the family or a sauna construction project.
Lived in early July in 2015. Hintsa sat in the office an hour after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As a doctor, he knew the prognosis was poor. Only 2.5 percent of patients are alive five years after diagnosis.
Hintsa began to have an opportunity where “then when” would never come.
Book Today I am alive: Diary of a Dying Man (WSOY) will be released on Thursday. It is largely based on diary entries written between Hintsa’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and death.
The book is written by Oskari Saari, who became acquainted with Hintsa ‘s formula depots when Saari, 45, explained the races to MTV and Hintsa worked as a depot doctor.
Just a few months before Hintsa was diagnosed, it had appeared Anatomy of victory (WSOY).
In the book written by Saari, Hintsa tells his story and thoughts about the areas required for success and the Core in the middle of them.
Areas include general health, sleep and recovery, nutrition, physical activity, biomechanics, and mental energy.
The core, in turn, is found by outlining the answers to the questions “Do you know who you are,” “Do you know what you want,” and “Do you control your own life”.
This time, the book project was seized at Hintsa’s request because he felt he had received a revelation from God. Based on that, Hintsa wanted to go make a book that would The anatomy of overcoming more personal and which would also open up his faith in God.
Hintsan five years have passed since death. So time has passed, but it has been clear from almost the beginning that the diaries would serve as a basis for the book.
Aki Hintsa’s Swiss wife was closely involved in the book Linda as well as adult children born from a first marriage Lotta, Stiina, Noora and Niklas.
In the foreword, they say the process was cumbersome and the pain of returning to memories. At the same time, they ask to respect their wish not to comment on the subject in the future.
According to Saari, the support of the Hintsa family for writing the book was still unwavering, even though the project was long.
“They knew how important the book was to Aki because Aki had talked about it so clearly when he was alive. They treated the book as a tribute to Aki. It is certainly difficult to go through things again later. A big thank you to them for being able to do it and not save themselves, ”says Saari.
Today I am alive goes through a 16-month period from Hintsa’s diagnosis to death. The diaries of Hintsa, who lived in Switzerland, are the cornerstone of the book, supplemented by interviews.
Partly written and partly dictated diaries told Saari about the last months of Hintsa not only directly but also between the lines: from time to time the mood could be inferred, for example, that the entries were short.
Book dives into Hintsa’s world of thought, where both the voice of a science-based doctor and a deeply believing Christian is heard. Alongside is the story of a family whose father has cancer.
At the end of 2013, Hintsa, who had been left out of his job as an F1 doctor, fell ill while living with a family with children and running his well-being-focused Hintsa Performance company.
Hintsa has two children from her second marriage to Linda: Niina and Tomi. Niina was 5 years old and Tomi was 2 years old when her father died.
The book dives into Hintsa’s world of thought, which includes the voice of both a science-based doctor and a deeply believing Christian.
Fatigue caused by treatments and illness was reflected in everyday life, for example, as disputes that Hintsa handles in its diary entries.
After the diagnosis, Aki and Linda Hintsa agreed not to argue anymore. The island wonders if the idea was realistic.
“Arguing is a perfectly normal life of close people, which is part of every relationship. Aki was also suddenly wrong in these situations. On the working side, too, I’ve heard stories that when the nerve went, it went. But Aki was also a quick-settling variety, ”says Saari.
“When Aki got sick, it wasn’t just Aki’s illness but everyone close to him has to live with it. It strains in a way that is hard to comprehend. It would have been surprising and even dubious if there were no conflicts or disputes in that situation. ”
Hintsa also looks for reasons for disputes in the mirror and calls himself for poor communication skills and an inability to compromise. He estimates that poor communication has led to misinterpretations.
“Today I am bitter to myself. En Marketalle or Linda, ”Hintsa writes, mentioning both his wife and ex-wife.
Communication is also mentioned with regard to working life, saying that it has never been Hintsa’s strength. The mention is related to Hintsa practicing his World Economic Forum presentations with a speech coach acquired in London.
Speaking at the Economic Forum, Hintsa says in his diary entry that he considers his life the greatest achievement.
Saari says he believes that the challenges that actually existed in communication made Hintsa a performer fascinating.
“He got close to people, which involved being terribly genuine. There were no sliced manners or American glitter. Feet on the ground and genuine performance, sometimes in the form of clumsiness. ”
Authenticity brought with it lasting friendships. From the world of formula, Hintsa was still in active contact with, for example, McLaren’s team manager during his illness. Ron Dennis as well as its former driver customers Lewis to Hamilton, To Sebastian Vettel and To Mika Häkkinen.
Hamilton visited Hintsa several times during his illness and the day before his death.
He also sent his private plane to pick up Hintsa’s family members from Finland when the end seemed inevitably approaching.
Oskari Saari believes that the challenges in communication made Aki Hintsa fascinating as a performer.
By faith Hintsa has spoken little in public before the new book. At Hintsa Performance, he wanted to focus strictly on science.
“For him, faith was strongly a private matter, an agreement between him and God that did not need to be propped up by outward golden evidence or deeds directed at outside audiences,” Saari writes in the book describing Hintsa’s faith.
Hintsan is said to have come to faith in the third grade of high school. He promised in prayer to dedicate himself to living according to God’s will if he were allowed to study in the medical school.
Friends had been laughing at the unrealistic idea, but Hintsa got to the University of Turku and he considered the agreement with God to be valid in the future.
Inflating faith and condemning others are red clothes for Hintsa. The book tells how Hintsa was deeply injured in Tampere in his youth. He visited the premises of the Pentecostal Church on two consecutive Sundays, the first time to observe choir rehearsals, and the second prayer meeting.
For the first time, Hintsa saw three young men he identified as Tappara’s league players enter the meeting.
The second time, in his sermon, the evangelist rebuked young men who considered themselves Christians, entertaining people by skating after a piece of rubber.
A moment later, the evangelist asked the congregation to raise his hand, but Hintsa revolted. He shook his head on the balcony, to which the evangelist responded by saying he saw “defiant yuppies”.
Hintsa left the scene indulged in a public demarcation, which he had misunderstood against the Tappara players who had volunteered. On the car trip, he thought such meetings were not for him.
Yet Hintsa remained a member of the Pentecostal Church for the rest of her life and was twice before her formula as a missionary sent by the Pentecostal Church in Ethiopia.
Aki Hintsa died on November 15, 2016 in hospital while relatives were present. Saari estimates that the thoughts that came from the lonely office about the importance of the family and the cessation of “then when” thinking were reflected in the life after Hintsa’s diagnosis.
“I was left with the impression that towards the end, he devoted more time to his family and loved ones. Of course, illness similarly required energy and also occasionally came into interpersonal relationships. However, according to Aki’s wife Linda, their last summer vacation in Finland was the best time together, ”says Saari.
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Orthopedist born in 1958 and died in 2016.
Worked in Formula 1 since 1998, when Mika Hakkinen asked him to be his personal coach. Later, 11 years as a depot doctor, e.g. McLaren.
On two occasions in the 1990s, he was a medical missionary in Ethiopia.
Chief Physician of the Olympic Committee 2001-2006.
Oskari Saari has previously written a book on Aki Hintsa’s life’s work Overcoming anatomy (WSOY).