A Scots dad who was given 'a death sentence' is now in remission from his aggressive cancer after five years battling the deadly disease.
Tony Galloway Stein, from Fife, was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer after doctors discovered his windpipe was covered in tumours in 2016.
But the brave 52-year-old refused to give up hope and now five years later, despite having to sleep in an office chair everynight, he has finally been told by doctors he is in remission - with 'no evidence of disease' in his body.
It hasn't been an easy journey for the dad-of-two who beat his 'weeks to live' sentence after undergoing a major operation to remove the top of his stomach, oesophagus, and 43 lymph nodes.
As a result of the invasive surgery his stomach has been pulled up into his chest cavity and he struggles to eat and suffers daily chest pain.
It has left Tony having to sleep in an office chair every night, as laying down flat can cause him to choke and struggle to breathe.
Tony first noticed something was wrong in January 2016 when he couldn't swallow food or liquid which became like ‘a blocked sink' in his throat.
Then devastating scans showed his windpipe and lymphatic system were full of large aggressive metastases secondary tumours.
Tony was told his tumours were too large to treat, forcing him to change his entire lifestyle by ditching smoking, junk food, and started using cannabis medication.
Tony explained: “When I was first told I had cancer I was shocked. I felt like I had a death sentence because they couldn’t treat me at first.
“I didn’t want to die so I changed my life so I could live as long as possible, I took matters into my own hands.
“I started trying cannabis oil, cut out smoking, I got into juices and ate really healthy vegetables.
“It was all stuff I wouldn’t even consider putting on a plate before but I was willing to try anything to stay alive.
“Then at my last scan it showed the tumours had shrunk and I would be able to get treatment. I was so happy, I think the healthy changes helped save my life.”
Despite his 'nightmare' ordeal he believes 'cancer is the best thing that ever happened to him' as it 'gave him a second chance at life’.
Tony said: “Cancer has completely changed me. I am a different man now, I am a more sympathetic and caring person.
“Before I would tell people don’t whine or be a snowflake but now I am so open and understanding to others.
"I was so lucky to be treated by the Scottish NHS, we are miles ahead of other countries in terms of health care so I'm really grateful for that.
“It has been hard for me though, I suffer pains in my chest, I can’t eat certain foods, I’m at high risk of choking, and I am always tired.
“It sounds crazy because even though it has been a nightmare, cancer is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
“I really have a second chance at life and I am so happy for that, it has made me more positive.
“I was told by my consultant last week that I am officially all clear and will be discharged as a cancer patient at last.
“I no longer have the cancer ball and chain so I can now get on with my life.
“I’m so thankful to be alive.”
Now Tony wants to celebrate his health by going to Miller and Carter in Glasgow to enjoy a steak and bottle of champagne.
The dad-off-two also plans on getting a camper van and exploring Scotland when he gets the chance.
A spokesperson for NHS Fife said:"We are unable to comment on the care of individuals for reasons of patient confidentiality.
"NHS Fife is committed to patient centred care, identifying, and providing the most effective treatment on an individual basis to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients."