22-year-old cancer patient given five years to live transforms body in 12 weeks
Ollie Jowett was given five years to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017. But the 22-year-old is determined to make his time on earth count, completely transforming his body in the space of just 12 weeks.
The young man, from Cornwall, England, has an incredible physique after embarking on a fitness programme that involves intense exercising and strict dieting, all while battling a malignant brain tumour.
His ill health was so bad at times that he couldn't even walk up stairs - but he somehow still managed to lose 10kg and build up muscle that any bodybuilder would envy.
Ollie initially wanted to find work as a personal trainer in his hometown of St Austell, but changed his plan when he was offered a job in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
However, his whole world was turned upside down a few months after he moved when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. According to Ollie, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are not options because they are "so risky" and he is "so young".
After coming to terms with his devastating diagnosis, he decided to "turn a negative into a positive" and started getting his body into shape with Ultimate Performance. He claims that, while he wanted to get his ideal body, his main goal was to inspire others.
Speaking about his journey, he told Cornwall Live: "It [the cancer diagnosis] was a bit of a shock to say the least. There’s only so much crying you can do. I was 100 per cent from the get go that I would turn a negative to a positive. Life does not stop.
"I don’t feel sorry for myself because everyone has problems they have to deal with. As a personal trainer I know how hard it is for people to lose weight and the excuses people come up with – the lack of motivation, the lack of time, the lack of willpower. I wanted to use my illness to inspire people as well as get myself in the best shape of my life."
With this incredible attitude, the 22-year-old transformed his body in three months, refusing to let cancer stop him from getting what he wanted.
Although he had an incredibly positive attitude, it doesn't mean things weren't tough; Ollie regularly struggled with finding the energy to put in the work and had to pull himself up from low points.
“Some days I would feel too weak to even walk up a flight of stairs," he said. "It can get that bad. Even walking down to the shop can be difficult, let alone doing 15,000 steps. I would just do what I could do and that was the commitment I had to myself and to my trainer Umar and to this process."
While the physical results are more than impressive, the young man told Cornwall Live that it's the emotional and mental growth that he values most.
“I knew that this transformation would be outside of my comfort zone. I knew it was going to be hard. But the reward is that I’ve come out of it a lot stronger, mentally, physically and emotionally. It’s the growth and self-development I’ve achieved through this process which has made it invaluable," he said.
In addition, by publicising his spectacular transformation, he has been able to help other cancer patients, setting up a campaign called Project Beat Cancer that has raised over £13,000 ($17,000) for treatments including the anti-cancer supplement regime, hyperthermia therapy and rife therapy.
If you've been touched by Ollie's story, you can donate to his GoFundMe page here.