You wouldn’t be able to tell from pictures, but this buff guy is already 59 years old and has spent 20 of those years fighting cancer.
Wu Qihang, from Guiyang, Guizhou province, was diagnosed with bladder cancer back in 1996. Then, six years ago, he was also diagnosed with lung cancer. Over the past 20 years, he has had 17 total surgeries; multiple times, doctors have informed him that he would die soon. But none of this has rattled Wu, he continued going to the gym every single day, beating cancer like a boxer taking out his opponent, NetEase reports.
He was diagnosed with bladder cancer when his daughter was only in primary school. For a while, he thought about committing suicide, but finally decided to accept chemotherapy and surgery. The side effects of the treatment were severe. It weakened Wu’s immune system, just getting an ordinary cold could quickly turn into something much worse. He lost his hair. Wu also felt like he was losing who he was.
He realized that he had to come up with his own special rehabilitation program to fight cancer. He grabbed his puppy, packed up his tent, and started hiking into the mountain. The wind whistled, birds warbled, insects chirped as his dog led the way, all this together gradually made Wu feel like his old self again. Out in the wilderness, he roared just like a lion or tiger, trying to vent out his physical and mental pain.
Eventually, Wu decided to give up chemotherapy. The cancer cells generated new tumors constantly, and those tumors blocked veins in his bladder, he was forced into undergoing painful regular surgeries to enlarge his blocked veins.
Ever since he was young, Wu had been addicted to martial arts. These days, Wu goes to the gym and works out for two hours each day. He also goes biking at a forest park every weekend. Wu says that he never wants others to treat him like a patient. Even when he is so sick after surgery that he doesn’t feel like eating anything, he forces himself to eat in order to recover as soon as possible.
A couple of years ago, Wu ran into his former doctor on the street. The doctor was shocked to find Wu strong and healthy, even exclaiming, “You’re still alive?!”
During the harsh winter of 2008, Wu found himself stuck inside, missing the company of the great outdoors. He took his dog to the forest park and began to shake off the ice covering the tree limbs. The park staff approached Wu and asked him why he had come here on such a frigid day. Wu responded with a smile that he was here to save lives. Wu returned to the park for the next three days. “When I saw the nearly broken trees stand straight, it was like seeing myself survive the coldest winter again,” he said.
While Wu is trying to fight cancer through sheer brute force, other Chinese cancer patients in the past have tried manure-soaked water and self-made grills. Whatever the method, it’s best to try and remain optimistic.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via NetEase]