Man with brain cancer offers message of hope

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A terminally ill woman from Oregon chose to end her life following the "Death with Dignity Act" after finding out she had a progressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme. Brittany Maynard died this weekend after expressing her desire to end her life on her own terms.

A Region 8 man has taken a much different approach. He has the same form of brain cancer. He has lived with it for thirteen years. Doctors told him, "it was glioblastoma, and four doctors came in and said Mr. Williams, we are sorry. You've only got 6 months to a year to live."

Thirteen years later, David Williams is still alive. He said he trusted his doctors, but couldn't believe he would die. He had two brain surgeries and undergoes chemotherapy. He takes 3,000 milligrams of medication a day and hasn't given up his fight.

Williams said, "We look at things that happen as bad, when we can actually look at them as a blessing. I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing without the cancer."

Since he can no longer work, he spends time counseling others.

"I'm going to make it through it. You can make it through what you're going through too," he tells them.

After all he has been through, Williams credits his life to one thing.

"There's nothing else I could think of that I could even start to give credit to except for my faith in God," said Williams.

He also sees the disease as a blessing.

"I was thinking what is going on? I've tried to do good, but then I found out why…Without me going through what I've gone through, I don't think I would be able to reach people the way I reach people," Williams explained.

It's at his church, in Newport where he finds support and strength. He wishes Brittany Maynard had chosen life.

"That's a life you're taking, that life that can mean something," said Williams.

He wants to send people a message of hope.

"There is more than one way to help the problem that you've got. You need to find what it is that is going to help you," said Williams. "The best is always yet to come!"

Williams still receives chemotherapy to keep the cancer from growing. Doctors tell him he is truly a miracle case.

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