- A local man has taken to popular Facebook group #I'mStaying to celebrate being alive two years after doctors told him he wouldn't make it
- Byron MacDonald said in his touching post that he has been living with stage four terminal cancer for two years
- Fellow stayers shared thousands of messages of encouragement for the young man
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Byron MacDonald recently took to Facebook group ImStaying to share how his perseverance, faith and unwillingness to give up in himself and his health has helped him live two years longer than many doctors said he would.
In the heartwarming post, Byron says that he was diagnosed with grade three and then stage four cancer. After an overgrowth of cancerous tumours in his colon, he had to have an emergency colostomy. He explains how he fought to have the colostomy reversed despite being told no by some doctors.
"I was diagnosed with stage four grade three cancer and according to the doctors I only had a few months to live."
After persevering, eventually, he got the approval he needed. He has since undergone three surgeries and been deemed inoperable. He also has done 30 sessions of chemotherapy. Despite all of this, he says that making it thus far even after he was told he wouldn't has been an inspiration for him to help other people in his position to keep going.
"I believe I was prepped for this moment and that my cancer is a blessing, now I can assist others with knowledge and skills that I have acquired in life and my way of looking at life."
Byron finishes his beautiful message off by encouraging people to surround themselves with people and things that stimulate their growth.
The post received thousands of comments from people who were moved by Byron's motivational message of hope. Here are some of them:
Gabi Morrell Smith said:
"Thank you for sharing. You have been anointed with the gift of encouragement. Thank you for using it. Personally, I so needed to read this. God is using you in the best way!"
And Ani Gould De Klerk said:
"Amazing story Byron. God is good .You are an inspiration to others and a true fighter. God bless and thanks for sharing and encouraging others."
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