Bodybuilder Celebrates Being Cancer-Free After Beating Leukaemia Twice

There are tons of ace stories of bodybuilders overcoming the odds - such as powerlifting LAD Chris Ruden deciding to accept his disability for the first time.

Now there's another great guy to add to the list, as one bodybuilder has beaten cancer twice and is now inspiring thousands of people via his social media channels.


23-year-old James Kearsley, from Tasmania, Australia was first diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014, successfully undergoing chemotherapy only for the cancer to re-appear 18 months later.

After five months of chemo and stem cell treatment, his cancer finally re-entered remission and he began regaining the two stone of muscle that he lost while he was ill, documenting his journey via Instagram.

James has now been cancer-free for over a year and is continuing to impress and inspire his 27,000 Instagram followers. Go on, James!

Credit: James Kearsley/
Credit: James Kearsley/

"After achieving a state of remission I returned to the gym once again," James said. "Now I aim to teach people the importance of taking care their bodies physically, mentally and most importantly, medically.

"Ever since a young age I have been involved in a range of diverse sports; I didn't step foot into the gym until I was finishing college."

James was motivated to start bodybuilding after being the 'tall, skinny kid' all throughout school - a fate that no doubt many LADs out there have endured.

He began his social media stardom by posting vlogs which show the ups and downs of his battle to beat cancer - an experience which most of us are lucky to have never experienced.

Just 16 months after being in remission the first time around, James competed in his first bodybuilding show in September 2015. However, disaster struck as he was diagnosed with leukaemia for a second time just months later.

James braved two more cycles of chemo and a bone marrow stem cell transplant before he could return to the gym, facing the daunting task of regaining all the muscle he lost.

But with commitment and hard work, he managed it - and puts it all down to the support of his fans. Admirable, really.

Credit: James Kearsley/
Credit: James Kearsley/

"As strange as it sounds I've always been grateful to have had the opportunity to document my journey through that time, as I know it has helped people," James added.

"And I'd like to thank all of you who helped me push through that chapter of life, and those that continue to encourage and motivate me to progress."

The internet can be grim sometimes but when you see how it can helps people like James get through the worst time of their lives, it really makes it all worthwhile.

Featured Image Credit: James Kearsley/

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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