RANGERS legend Andy Goram has knocked back chemotherapy treatment and now has just six months to live.
The 58-year-old rejected the treatment after being told it would only give him an extra 12 weeks.
The former Gers keeper started to feel unwell around seven weeks ago and was struggling to eat and drink and thought he was suffering from Heartburn.
He ignored the symptoms and only sought medical help when the pain became unbearable and he lost weight.
His GP told him to attend a local hospital before he was transferred to Wishaw General the following morning.
Goram, who also played for Hibs, only realised things were serious when he was told to take a family member with him.
He told the Daily Record: “I’ll fight like I’ve never fought before.
“I thought I had severe indigestion. It was as though my gullet was blocked. After a few weeks, it got worse and nothing was getting through.
“Everything I ate or drank didn’t get halfway to my stomach and I threw it back up.
“I couldn’t get a face-to-face with my GP for two weeks, by which time I was in total agony. I’d also lost 4 stone in four weeks.”
“I had a CT scan at Monklands, then was rushed to Wishaw General and told my next of kin should be with me.
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“That is when the alarm bells started ringing. I realised I had cancer.”
He was diagnosed with Level 4 oesophageal cancer.
The illness has spread to his liver, right lung, three vertebrae and ribs.
Symptoms include difficulty swallowing, heartburn and indigestion.
His son, Danny, was with him when doctors broke the news of his terminal illness.
The nine-in-a-row hero added: “The surgeon explained where all the cancer was and it was inoperable. Danny broke down while I was trying to assess the situation.
“The word ‘inoperable’ hit me hard. I knew I was in for a fight.”
The specialist predicted Goram had about six months to live – and nine if he underwent chemo.
However, he quickly dismissed the treatment option after witnessing how ill it made his ex-wife Miriam, who battled cancer last year.
He added: “I’ve been told by the doc, ‘Go enjoy your everyday life and be as normal as possible.
“My pain is manageable. I can still go see friends and still be myself.
“I’ll be here as long as I possibly can.
“The only difference is the timebomb is ticking away.”
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