Tore (23), the son of Mathias Sercu (51), is currently battling cancer. The actor and screenwriter tells about this in De Krant van West-Vlaanderen. “Not a day goes by without us saying we love each other. Because that’s what counts. Everything else is no longer important.”
Around Mother’s Day last year, Tore struggled with extreme fatigue. “The doctor took a blood test and late at night we got a phone call that his kidney values were very bad and that he had to go to the hospital. Ok, then we go tomorrow, I said. No, now, he replied,” Sercu tells De Krant van West-Vlaanderen.
There they performed a bone marrow biopsy, which showed that he had a very high dose of calcium and phosphorus in his blood and holes in his bones. “His entire marrow was full of malignant cells. The next day they were supposed to start the chemo, but suddenly we got a call in the middle of the night because he couldn’t take it anymore. Those are scenes you know from the movie. Driving through deserted streets at night, arriving at an empty parking lot, walking to the twelfth floor and seeing your son sitting there. Gasping for breath and with a raspy voice sorry and whether we want to take good care of his dog. That’s heartbreaking. They then put him to sleep and started the chemo. After four days he woke up and started to improve again.”
The diagnosis followed two weeks later. “They call what he has plasmablastic myeloma, a very complex cancer genome with many mutations. From May until now he had to undergo very heavy chemotherapy. In October they did a stem cell transplant. On Friday he has to go back in for six weeks for an allogeneic stem cell transplant, in which his sister donates the stem cells.”
What 2022 will bring is one big question mark. “For the same money, he will be dead in a few months. That’s weird and hard to say, but it’s the reality. And it works just as well and other problems arise. It is real fucked up”, said Sercu. But his family keeps him upright, also because they are “well surrounded”. And not a day goes by without us saying we love each other. Because that’s what counts. Everything else is no longer important.”(bpr)