A cancer survivor turned teenage bodybuilder has inspired others by posting his selfies online and he is now a viral Internet star.
Zach Zeiler, of Ida, Michigan, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2010 at age 15, and his weight dropped to 100 pounds, the Daily Mail reports.
But the young cancer patient refused to be defeated as he began to work out for two hours each day, which led to an amazing transformation.
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“I started lifting after my radiation treatments because I knew it would help me gain weight and look less sickly,” Zeiler told MailOnline. “It was a great way to channel a lot of the anger I felt — and I got addicted to it, it became my passion.”
He went on to beat cancer and now weighs about 175 pounds.
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He was diagnosed with stage 1B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which is not fatal if caught early. Common symptoms include fever, weight loss or night sweats, according to Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Zeiler was immediately placed into aggressive and chemo and radiation therapies.
But now 20 and cancer-free, he posts videos on his YouTube channel to inspire others.
“My friends and family were impressed as I progressed in terms of gaining muscle — and it meant a lot to me,” Zeiler says.
“Hearing the compliments and having people noticing the changes in my body helped to keep me motivated in pushing further,” he adds. “I don’t plan on stopping any time soon — I would really like to continue to inspire as many people as possible to follow through with their goals. I am in pursuit of developing my own online personal training website, where I can work one on one with individuals to help them reach their goals. I plan to continue on building my body not only for the physical aspect, but to ensure that I live a healthy life."
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