When a man was diagnosed with testicular cancer, he hoped to fight the disease ânaturallyâ.
Aaron Aby, 29, aimed to overcome the deadly illness by drinking juices and consuming CBD products.
He worried chemotherapy would prevent him from becoming a dad in the future, so vowed to avoid it at all costs.
Despite his efforts to beat cancer with home remedies, the Liverpool-based MMA fighter was given three to six months to live.
At this point, he agreed to undertake chemotherapy and had two operations.
This has proven to be life-saving, as the âmiracleâ patient is now cancer free.
Aaron who also has cystic fibrosis, shared his story with Liverpool Echo.
He recalls noticing symptoms of the deadly disease two years ago, when chronic back and groin pain made it difficult to compete in MMA fights.
He said: âI had the symptoms in the build-up to my last fight.
“I wasnât sure if it was stress-related or whether it was a body shot or a low blow.
âI had pain in my testicle and pain in my back.â
After reporting these problems to his doctor, the sportsman was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer in 2017.
The diagnosis was devastating for Aaron and his family.
But initially, he wanted to swerve treatment.
The cancer survivor explained: âBecause the treatment would stop me being a dad, I rejected chemotherapy as I wanted to fight it naturally.
âI tried everything I could to beat it naturally, such as CBD and juicing, but the cancer just kept getting worse, and then it went to my stomach.
âThey told me I had about three to six months left to live.â
Thankfully, the bleak prognosis was enough to convince Aaron to get life-saving treatment.
He said: âWhen I decided to have the chemo, thatâs when I was like âright, Iâm just going to fight through this as hard as I canâ.â
The MMA fighter had two operations to remove the cancer, one of which focused on the 15cm tumour on his stomach.
He worried surgery could be fatal due to the risk general anaesthetic poses to his lungs because of his cystic fibrosis.
But against all odds, the ops were successful.
Two years on, the survivor is now cancer-free and raring for his comeback fight next month.