Berbekal Sepeda, Kakek Asal Pekanbaru ini Jelajahi Negara Paman Sam


RODABERPUTAR.COM-Usia tak menghalangi pria ini untuk melakukan berolahraga gowes sepeda sepanjang hari. Puluhan bahkan ratusan kilometer perjalanan sudah ia lakukan. Ia sudah Melintasi banyak wilayah di Indonesia, mulai dari Sabang hingga Merauke, bahkan ia juga berhasil menjelajahi beberapa negara asia.

Tak hanya tour sepeda di sejumlah daerah di Indonesia dan di negara-negara Asia, Tasman Jen juga bersepeda di Negara Paman Sam, Amerika Serikat. Berikut kisah petualangan sepedanya dari Seattle ke San Francisco 1.700 Km yang disajikan secara bersambung mulai hari ini:

Malignant mesothelioma, similar to many other types of cancers, is caused when the body’s DNA is damaged. DNA damage occurs in mesothelioma victims when they are exposed to asbestos over a long period of time, typically at job sites that used asbestos-containing products or by using household products for extended periods that contained asbestos. In rare instances, some victims may have developed mesothelioma after short-term exposure to asbestos, but in the majority of cases, victims were exposed to large amounts asbestos for extended periods of time. Unlike many cancers, mesothelioma does not have a large number of causes. One of its alternate names is asbestos cancer because its primary cause is long term exposure to asbestos. There is evidence, however, that asbestos is not the only cause even though it leads as the #1 reason victims get the disease. If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Currently, there is over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, awaiting those who’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos illness. Fill out our form to get a free Financial Compensation Packet. You’ll learn about the top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file a claim for the asbestos trust funds, and more. Primary Cause of Mesothelioma: Asbestos Exposure As previously mentioned, mesothelioma is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Prior to the 1980s, many homes, buildings, work sites, and materials were built using asbestos because of its positive properties: heat and fire resistance. After extensive research and investigations determined that asbestos is extremely harmful to people, the majority of businesses and manufacturers stopped using it. However, this was decades after a massive amount of individuals had already been exposed. In other instances, even though it was determined that asbestos was dangerous, several businesses continued to use it as their profits would have seriously suffered had it been eliminated. In 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirmed the investigations and findings, and released a statement that informer the public that the primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. In addition, the statement reported that workers who were around asbestos on a daily basis run the highest risk of getting mesothelioma. The most common work sites associated with using asbestos include factories, plants, steel mills, schools, asbestos mines, and asbestos processing plants. Yet, people at home are also at risk, especially if they live in an area close to a natural-occurring asbestos deposit site. Two other studies performed in 2010 by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and the Cancer Institute revealed again, that the main cause of mesothelioma is via asbestos exposure. However, it usually takes a hefty amount of asbestos exposure before a victim contracts mesothelioma. Once the fibers enter into the system, it’s almost impossible for the body to expel them. The fibers then begin to attack the mesothelium which in turn causes lesions to form. Over time, cells in the damaged tissue become cancerous and form tumors. It can then take up to 50 years for the first symptoms of mesothelioma to surface. How Asbestos Attacks the Body People are exposed to asbestos by inhaling the fine fibers that the mineral produces. These fibers then get lodged in the lungs. Asbestos can also be unknowingly swallowed, and the fibers make their way down to the abdominal area. Unfortunately, once asbestos fibers are in the body, as previously mentioned, it’s almost impossible to remove them all. As time moves on, these fibers can cause significant damage to the body, which can lead to mesothelioma. Although scientists and physicians are still trying to determine exactly why asbestos fibers cause cancer, there are several theories that are currently being researched: Changes in Genetics: Asbestos can disrupt mesothelial cells, which are naturally-occurring cells in the body. This in turn hinders the functions of the cells, which can lead to cancer. Inflammation of Cells: When the body’s cells become irritated, inflammation and scarring occur. Consequently, it leads to cell damage and cancer. Free Radicals: Asbestos produces free radicals in the body. Once this happens, DNA can become damaged, which leads to cancer. Oncoproteins Growth: When asbestos is in the body, cells begin producing oncoproteins. Oncoproteins hinders normal cell production, which can consequently lead to cancer. Secondary Cause of Mesothelioma: Drug Interactions Some mesothelioma patients have not been exposed to asbestos. Researchers have found links between a drug called Thorotrast and mesothelioma. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), patients administered the drug are at an elevated risk of developing lung carcinoma and mesothelioma. Thorotrast is a mixture of particles that was used primarily in the 1930s and 1940s when performing x-ray imaging. It helped physician produce high quality images, yet unfortunately, the particles remain in the human body. In addition, Simian Virus 40 (SV40), has been linked to mesothelioma. SV40 is a virus that was found in a few species of monkeys and later found in Polio vaccinations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 90 million Americans received a Polio vaccination between 1955 through 1963. It was during this time period that the Polio vaccine was contaminated with SV40. Although humans typically aren’t susceptible to mesothelioma after getting the vaccine, studies have shown that at least 40 patients with mesothelioma also have traces of SV40. More research needs to be done in order to understand how this happens. Erionite Another possible cause of mesothelioma is exposure to erionite. Though much less common than asbestos exposure, erionite is similar to asbestos in that both are naturally-occurring minerals that are harmful when ingested or inhaled. Furthermore, erionite has been shown to mimic the same process of development as asbestos-related cancers, taking up to 50 years for the first symptoms to appear. The biggest difference, however, is that erionite is inhaled and ingested primarily through the environment and not in the workplace. Studies have also shown that erionite poses a higher risk of victims developing mesothelioma and other types of lung cancers when compared to asbestos. Mesothelioma also develops more quickly and with less exposure to erionite as opposed to asbestos. Erionite can be sometimes found in volcanic ashes that have been modified via weather changes and water. In some rare instances, erionite has been found in water purification systems and softeners. Usually however, erionite is found in natural deposit sites. There are known erionite deposits throughout the world, including: Russia Japan Germany Turkey Kenya Italy In the United States, erionite deposits can be found in: North Dakota Wyoming Arizona Oregon Nevada California Utah Turkey yields the highest amount of erionite. In fact, in the village of Tuzkoy, there is an extremely high amount of malignant mesothelioma victims because of the naturally-occurring yet excessive amount of erionite deposits surrounding the area. Several of the village people use erionite as food storage which further exposes them to risk. In the United States, scientists are still studying the adverse effects of erionite, particularly in North Dakota. When compared to asbestos, there currently is little information regarding the health risks of erionite. Genetics Although extremely rare, some experts have suggested that certain people may be predisposed genetically to mesothelioma. In fact, a research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NHI) found a specific mutation gene called the BAP1, that makes the carriers of the gene at great risk for developing both mesothelioma and melanoma of the eyes. These people are also at a much higher risk of developing an asbestos-related disease if they are ever exposed to the mineral. In addition, people with BAP1 are also at risk for developing different kinds of cancers such as breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and renal. Regardless of the way someone contracts mesothelioma, the symptoms are almost always the same. Keep in mind, though, that some people may exhibit more symptoms than others, and it typically takes decades for the even the most common symptoms of mesothelioma to surface. Typical symptoms include: Chest pain that can fluctuate from minor to severe Fluid buildup in the lungs Difficulty swallowing and pain when attempting to swallow Overwhelming sense of fatigue and lethargy Nausea and vomiting Unexplained weight loss Dyspnea (shortness of breath) Dry coughing, wheezing, and/or hacking Pleural effusions Less Common but More Serious Symptoms Lung Collapsing Coughing up blood Nerve damage in the arms Blood clots on the hands and arms Horner’s Syndrome (rare condition that affects the nerves in the eyes and face) Getting Legal Help If you’ve been injured by mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.


Hidup seperti berpacu dengan waktu. Saat ini, kita masih sanggup berdiri dan berjalan dari satu sudut ke sudut lain, tapi akan tiba saatnya kita tidak bisa berbuat apa-apa. Lambat atau cepat nikmat itu akan hilang dan akhirnya berhenti di satu titik akhir.

Aku tidak akan menyia-nyiakan kesempatan yang masih ada ini sampai saatnya nanti aku diberhentikan di satu titik peristirahatan. Aku syukuri nikmat sehat ini dengan menjalani bumi ciptaanNya.

Hidup juga berarti rangkaian suatu tanda titik. Banyak sekali titik-titik di bumi ini yang indah untuk dihubungkan. Dari titik-titik itulah kotemplasiku dengan sang maha pencipta dan jalan mencari jawaban juga membentang.

Jika dunia ini penuh dengan titik-titik yang runut untuk dihubungkan dan dicari keterhubungannya, mengapa harus berdiam di satu titik? Aku terpana sebuah ungkapan sang ulama Imam Syafi’i Rahimahullah tentang indahnya suatu perjalanan:

“Orang berilmu dan beradab tidak akan diam di kampung halaman. Tinggalkan negerimu dan berjalanlah ke negeri orang. Berjalanlah, kau akan dapatkan pengganti dari kerabat dan kawan. Berlelah-lelahlah, manisnya hidup terasa setelah lelah berjuang.“

Aku berharap banyak pembelajaran dari rangkaian suatu perjalanan yang penuh tanda tanya. Takut..? Iya tapi rasa takutlah yang menjadikan aku lebih dekat dengan Allah sang pelindungku. Aku ingin mencari mutiara-mutiara kebaikan yang tertanam jauh dari tempat di mana diri ini tenang bersemayam.

Yaaa… Rumah tentu saja. Tempat itu menjanjikan ketenangan dan kenyamanan kehidupan. Tapi, terlintas di benak ini, bahwa tanda tanya agung juga memberikan tantangan bagi ku untuk menyadari bahwa dalam suatu ketenangan hidup seringkali tersimpan kehidupan yang beku dan melenakan ingatan.

Hidup memang jalinan yang menawarkan pilihan-pilihan. Ke mana hati bertaut, di situlah oase bersemayam. Dalam kepalaku tertanam banyak mimpi yang bertahan untuk memuntahkan sinarnya.
Kini saatnya aku berjalan lagi merekam tradisi dan pengalaman untuk dijadikan cermin dalam sebuah bingkai rona kehidupan.

Tidak semua tindakanku layak ditiru juga. Aku hanyalah seorang yang haus akan sebuah perjalanan. Petualangan-petualangan kecil yang kutemui hanyalah bentuk dari ketetapan-ketetapan hukum Ilahi dan pesan yang dikidungkan oleh bathinku.

Aku yang mencoba merangkai pengalaman dalam hidup hanyalah seorang pengelana yang bertamasya dalam diri. Demi sebuah pencarian dari jawaban yang menggantung di ujung tanda tanya dari proses perjalanan ini.

Salamku untukmu sahabatku semua.

Terimakasihku pada istriku Nina serta anak cucuku di Pekanbaru dan San Francisco yang telah berikan doa keselamatan buatku serta maafkan atas ke”bandelan” inyiak (kakek) ini. Semoga Allah mencukupi dan menjaga kalian yang ditinggal. Aamiiin.

Seattle to San francisco July 30th 2017

Belum cukup satu tahun istirahat di rumah setelah perjalanan terakhir di pulau Kalimantan, tanpa aku sadari keinginanku untuk berkelana muncul lagi.

Anakku Bayu yang tinggal di San Francisco mengajak aku dan Nina ibunya untuk datang berkunjung ke rumahnya di California, Amerika Serikat. Mendengar Amerika ini, ideku untuk turing sepeda di Amerika bagaikan bara yang tersulut api yang langsung menyala.

Sejak pensiun tahun 2012 dari pekerjaanku dari perusahaan perminyakan di Riau aku menyalurkan hobi turing sepeda jarak jauh ini ke beberapa negara ASEAN. Namun tidak pernah terbayang aku akan bisa bertualang di negeri Colombus tersebut.

Negerinya jauh tentu memerlukan biaya yang tinggi serta situasi poltik rasial anti imigran dan Muslim dari pemerintahan Donald Trump, sangat kurang kondusif untuk dikunjungi.

Namun semua itu tidak bisa meredakan keinginanku untuk melakukan perjalanan yang besar ini. Akua hanya manusia biasa dengan impian setinggi langit. Namun aku percaya pada Tuhan dan sanggup memperjuangkannya untuk mencapai mimpi mimpi ini.

Misiku tidak lain hanya menambah wawasan dengan menikmati alam ciptaan Allah, mensyukuri nikmat sehat yang diberikan Allah serta membawa pesan perdamaian dengan menambah sahabatan di belahan bumi Amerika ini tanpa memandang suku bangsa, ras, keyakinan dan status sosialnya.

Aku akan bawa bendera Indonesia sebagai identitasku dari negri yang ramah dan damai di bumi khatulistiwa dari Seattle ke San francisco 1.700 Km.

Aku mulai mengumpulkan data untuk perencanaan perjalanan, Google Map aku buka serta jaringan komunikasi media sosial dengan kawan-kawan pesepeda dari luar negeri, khususnya yang sudah berpengalaman turing di Amerika Serikat, aku tingkatkan. Dari beberapa track atau jalur yang menarik dan menjadi impian para peturing sepeda dunia dengan historical road US 101.

Akhirnya kuputuskan ambil jalur sepanjang Pacific Coast yaitu dimulai dari Kota Seattle Washington menuju ke selatan Oregon dan finish di San francisco California sejauh lebih kurang 1.700 Km dengan melewati tiga negara bagian.

Dari beberapa informasi dari peturing sepeda yang pernah melewati jalur itu mengatakan rute ini rute yang termasuk berat dengan tanjakan yang tinggi dan suhu udara yang kadang kala ekstrim disertai hembusan angin pasifiknya.

Pemetaan sudah aku lakukan, namun tidaklah sempurna masih banyak kekurangannya terutama masalah penginapan yang memang tidak bisa dipastikan setiap hari.

Touring bersepeda sangat bergantung pada fisik yang setiap hari tidak sama kondisinya. Begitu juga cuaca yang kadang-kadang mengharuskan kita untuk berhenti. Namun di situlah tantangannya petualangan bersepeda itu.

Untuk perlengkapan sepeda seperti pannier serta rack depan dan belakang akan aku bawa dari Indonesia, sepeda yang akan dipakai adalah sepeda milik Bayu yanga ada di Amerika Serikat.

Sepeda Releigh buatan England jenis MTB ini sudah pernah aku coba pada dua tahun yang lalu dan rasanya cukup layak untuk dibawa touring jarak jauh.

Rencana perjalanan touring ini pada 29 Juli 2017. Jadi aku mempunyai waktu enam bulan yang bisa dimanfaatkan untuk latihan fisik. Biasanya aku jogging 2 jam atau lari 10 Km sebanyak 5 kali seminggu di daerah yang agak berbukit dekat rumahku di Rumbai Pekanbaru. (*)

Sumber: Tribun Pekanbaru


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Although mesothelioma, also known as asbestos cancer, is a rare disease, it is one of the most lethal forms of cancer ever diagnosed. Additionally, it’s one of the most difficult types of cancer to detect because of its long period of dormancy: a mesothelioma patient can live between 20 to 50 years before the first symptoms show up. When a patient does become symptomatic, doctors often lose precious treatment time because mesothelioma warning signs mimic symptoms of common respiratory ailments. In addition, it is also an aggressive type of cancer that can spread quickly from the affected body areas to other organs. These factors, when combined with the demographics of who is more susceptible to the disease, make mesothelioma especially deadly. If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, or asbestosis, you may qualify for substantial compensation. Currently, there is over $30 billion in asbestos trust funds, awaiting those who’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos illness. We invite you to fill out our form today for a free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information about top mesothelioma lawyers in your area, how to get paid in 90 days, how to file an asbestos trust fund claim, and much more. Statistics According to a 2009 report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 18,068 patients diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma died between 1999 and 2005. Though year-to-year figures may vary, the annual death rate of mesothelioma patients is an average of 14 per every million. When compared, this is still a small percentage of the entire population. Yet, its particular lethality and relative rarity make mesothelioma a disease with extremely low survival rates. Although survival rates in mesothelioma patients depend on a wide range of factors, a patient can expect an post-diagnosis survival time of between four months to a year and a half. Keep in mind, however, that there are always exceptions to this rule and each patient should talk to their physician about their own personal health and expectations. Generally, how long a patient lives after mesothelioma has been diagnosed depends on an array of variables such as age, gender, race, and overall health. For instance, if a patient is a male between 25 and 34 years of age and in good physical condition with no preexisting conditions, his chances of surviving longer than 18 months are promising. Patients such as these benefit from early detection and surgical treatment of the disease. Keep in mind, however, that this age group is one of the least affected by asbestos-related cancer. The average survival rates for older patients is bleaker. According to the American Cancer Society (ACC), even though 5-10% of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma can live for five years or more after the initial diagnosis, these individuals are usually young with cancers that can be surgically treated. Since the average mesothelioma patient tends to be a white male aged 60-70 who was heavily exposed to asbestos during his active work years, the cancer is already well-developed and can’t be treated with surgery. Older patients also may have debilitating health issues, such as cardiopulmonary diseases and hypertension, which help to reduce their lifespans. Patients in these two age brackets (65-74 and 75-84) have the highest death totals. From the years 1999 through 2005, 12,150 out of the 18,068 recorded mesothelioma deaths were happened to victims ages 65 through 84. Survival Rate Facts to Consider Generally speaking, it is typically difficult, if not impossible, to predict accurate life expectancy after a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma. Along with each patient’s case being different from the next, the disease is still considered a new and a unique form of cancer, and averages based on the tumor-lymph node-metastasis (TNM) staging process are still difficult to evaluate at this point. However, studies suggest that a patient’s post-diagnosis life expectancy will depend on a combination of several factors: Latency: Unfortunately, mesothelioma has an extremely long latency period, typically up to 20 to 50 years after exposure. This makes it difficult to get an early detection, therefore, shortening survival rate. The sooner the disease is detected, the higher your life expectancy and survival rate. The Stage of the Disease After Diagnosis: Victims in Stage I or II of the disease have a much better survival rate than those who are diagnosed in later stages. Tumor Removal: Surgery is usually not an option as most cases of mesothelioma are discovered after the disease has advanced to its later stages. However, if the disease is caught early and the tumor can be surgically removed, survival rate is usually prolonged. Age: As aforementioned, age plays a huge role. The younger the patient, the better chance they have in surviving longer and increasing life expectancy. Yet, although rare, older patients in optimal physical health may has just as good of a chance as younger patients. Area of the Disease: Mesothelioma affects different regions of the body. The majority of mesothelioma cases affect the pleural area of the body, but there are instances in which the abdominal cavity and other body areas will be impacted by the disease. Since pleural mesothelioma is the easiest to treat, victims with this form of mesothelioma have a higher life expectancy. However, victims with epithelial mesothelioma have the highest survival rates of all forms of the disease. Additional Information for Patients to Consider Although the grim facts of survival rates of mesothelioma can be discouraging, keep in mind that the statistics do not reflect everyone’s situation. For example, an Australian victim named Paul Kraus has been living with mesothelioma after being diagnosed in 1997. This is just one of the several instances in which victims have went on to defy the odds and live much longer than the average life expectancy of a mesothelioma victim. Per the ACC, all victims should remember that current statistics are based on patients that have been treated many years ago. As science progresses, the life and expectancy and survival rate may improve for more victims as mesothelioma treatment options advance. Getting Legal Help If you’ve been injured by asbestos, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Don’t forget to fill out our form to get our free Financial Compensation Packet, filled with information on the leading asbestos and mesothelioma attorneys in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.

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