- 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
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."
Meanwhile, in other Briefly.co.za news, BI has managed to do it again. This time, at the receiving end of his generosity and kind-heartedness, was Gogo Mbingo. BI, choosing to remain behind the lens, once again shared a video of himself and the granny in a grocery store.
He can be heard asking Gogo Mbingo to take whatever she wanted. Gogo Mbingo, clearly taken aback by the gesture and struggling to accept his generosity, cautiously does as he says. In the video, which was posted on Facebook on the popular BI Phakathi page, BI can be heard encouraging the old lady to get whatever she needs.
Facebook users and fans of BI's good works were once again left truly touched by the unknown man's good deeds. They flooded the comment section of the post with thank-you messages to the man, who is set on making a difference in other peoples' lives.
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