An MMA professional fighter diagnosed with testicular cancer said he had "tried everything" to fight it naturally so he could one day become a dad.
Aaron Abby was diagnosed with aggressive illness after suffering chronic pain in his groin and back during a fight.
The 27-year-old then went to the accident and emergency department at Rexham Hospital, where he was initially diagnosed with an infection and given antibiotics.
But when the pain continued, he returned to the ultrasound hospital and was given a catastrophic prognosis that he had a stage of testicular cancer.
Aaron, who was diagnosed in 2017, told ECHO: "I had symptoms in stepping up my last fight.
"I was not sure whether it was stress or whether it was a body shot or a minor blow.
"I had testicular pain and back pain."
Prior to his diagnosis, Aaron, who also has cystic fibrosis, was on three combat victorious lines and making real progress on the mixed martial arts scene in the UK.
And, even at the time between the scan and when they were told the shocking news that he had cancer, he still managed to compete and win his fight.
However, the severity of his diagnosis hit home when Aaron was told he had only three to six months to live.
The 29-year-old first said she was resistant to the idea of having chemotherapy.
He said: "Because the treatment will prevent me from being a father, I turned down chemotherapy because I wanted to fight it naturally.
"I tried everything I could to beat it naturally, such as CKD and juices, but the cancer only got worse and then went to my stomach.
"They told me I had about three to six months to live."
Aaron's mother and girlfriend Haley broke up in the news, forcing him to try chemotherapy despite the potential side effects.
He said: "When I decided to have the chemo, that's when I was like – right, I'll just fight through it as much as I can." “
Aaron had two surgeries to remove the cancer, the first being a 15cm tumor in his stomach – an operation he did not think would survive.
The second operation was at Liverpool's Brodgrin Hospital.
Because of the risk that the general anesthetic posed to the lungs for cystic fibrosis, he had to have his testis removed under a local anesthetic.
Aaron said: "I think you may not have been born hard. The experiences of life make you difficult and I went through so many experiences in my life, but this was the biggest challenge I had to face physically and mentally. "
Two years away from all odds, Aaron is now cancer-free and ready to return to his comeback next month.
He is also in regular contact with other people living with cancer and hopes his own story will inspire others.
Asonesson Tan, Aaron's coach and owner of the AMA Academy in Liverpool, said: "I'm happy to see him coming back because I know this is what he wants to do, it's his calling in life.
"To see everything that went through, it's amazing to see. He's like Superman in real life. "
Aaron's fight will be against Daryl Grant in the Imperial Banking Package, Preston, on December 7.