A CANCER patient who went “through hell” to beat a rare form of the disease is now in the best shape of his life.

Nick Rolt went through two months of gruelling chemotherapy after doctors found rare tumours in his chest in May last year.

Though he fought hard to beat the cancer and is now in remission, his weight ballooned from 12.5 to 14.5 stone.

The 23 year-old would be “breathless and sweaty” after just walking to the gym and struggled to lift 10kg.

Now Nick, from East Grinstead, has lost two stone and is training to be a personal trainer to help others “who’ve been dealt a bad hand”.

He said: “It all started out of the blue on a holiday to Scotland.

“I had no idea there was a rare tumour in my chest. Without my girlfriend Isabel insisting I see a doctor, I might not be here today.

“It took a CT scan, an X-ray and a biopsy to finally confirm the tumours between my heart and lungs.

“They gave me a choice between steady or intense chemotherapy, so I took the tougher and quicker option to get on with intense treatment straight away.

“I saw it as a challenge, there was no doubt in my mind that I could beat cancer. I hated telling people and seeing them get upset.”

After being given the all-clear in August last year, Nick used online health retailer musclefood to get into shape.

He said: “My body was two stone heavier and significantly weaker when the good news was finally confirmed by doctors.

“A brisk walk to the gym would have me breathless and sweaty, and I could barely bench press ten kilos once I got there.

“I had to be persistent and push my body harder than ever before to regain my strength and get fit, but a strict daily gym routine and bulk buying healthy ingredients online paid off.

“I’m back down to my pre-cancer weight and waist size. It’s now a nice feeling to pull on clothes that feel a bit tight and see the visual gains.

Now the 23 year-old is setting his sights on becoming a personal trainer to help others get through the same type of situation.

Nick said: “Having changed my diet to get fit again after my chemo, I’ve really started to enjoy cooking healthily – I’m committed to nutrition now.

“My latest tests in April were all good. I’m still in remission so I’m now training to be a personal trainer.”