Former world champion Billy Dib is going through a way more critical battle outdoors of boxing.
In October, Dib had a cancerous tumor surgically eliminated, and now, the findings from the process have been revealed, because the 37-year-old Australian has been identified with Non-Hodgkins lymphoma most cancers, Dib revealed on his Instagram web page.
The Mayo Clinic describes Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as “a sort of most cancers that begins in your lymphatic system, which is a part of the physique’s germ-fighting immune system. In non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, white blood cells known as lymphocytes develop abnormally and may type growths (tumors) all through the physique.”
“My associates, I wished to provide you an replace on my well being. The outcomes from the tumour faraway from my colon two weeks in the past should not what I hoped for. I’ve been identified with an aggressive and uncommon type of non-Hodgkins lymphoma most cancers,” Dib wrote.
“I’ve needed to dig deep many instances in my life earlier than and with the grace of Allah (God), have gotten by way of the various struggles earlier than me prior to now.
“Most cancers would be the hardest opponent I’ve confronted however I would like you to know that I’m preventing tougher than I ever have and God keen, I’ll defeat this terrible illness.
“The plan is to start out chemotherapy as quickly as doable and whereas I do know it’s going to be tough, I’ve to stroll this journey as so many others do each single day with the help of their well being professionals, household and associates.
“Within the tough instances, I do know I’m not alone. I’ve Allah (swt), my spouse, son, household and all of you beside me. Your prayers, sort phrases and help all assist me once I want inspiration.
“I do know you’ll perceive that I shall be much less energetic on social media to give attention to this problem forward of me however please know that your messages of help don’t go unnoticed or unappreciated.
“I promise to provide this latest problem all the things I’ve, with my stunning household, I’ve an excessive amount of to reside for to provide any lower than 100%.
“Might Allah swt heal all sick individuals and provides persistence to those that undergo.
“Thanks to everybody who has despatched flowers to me and my household; while it’s a stupendous gesture, I’d be actually blissful so that you can donate that very same sum of money spent on flowers, to a charity of your alternative as an alternative.
“Love from Billy.”
Dib (48-6, 27 KOs) final fought in March and scored a win through disqualification in opposition to Jacob Ng. Within the bout, Dib suffered rib accidents attributable to Ng’s unlawful blow and wrestling-like slam.
Dib turned skilled in 2004 and has primarily fought in Australia all through his profession. He’s confronted the likes of Amir Khan, Tevin Farmer, Takashi Miura, and twice in opposition to Evgeny Gradovich.
He was the IBF featherweight champion from 2011 to 2013 and defended the title 3 times earlier than dropping the crown in opposition to Gradovich.
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