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WATCH: Jim Stynes talks about his struggle with cancer
The legendary Irish ex-AFL star continues to defy doctors’ predictions that his death is imminent.

LEGENDARY AUSTRALIAN RULES footballer Jim Stynes believes he has turned a corner in his fight with cancer.

The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009 and doctors told him he would be lucky to survive a year.

In an interview with Melbourne radio station 3AW, Stynes spoke of this difficult period, saying:

“I sometimes think I’m a bit oblivious – and I think that’s a good thing. I was told I would be lucky to get past a year and it’s been two and a half – coming up on three.”

Meanwhile, his wife Sam described how Stynes continues to surprise carers with his resilience. She explained:

“I think Jim’s still surprising our oncologist, carers and nurses – there were several times where you think, ‘will Jim get through this?’”

The Dubliner gained legendary status in the AFL, scoring 130 goals in 264 games for the Melbourne Demons, in a career that spanned 11 years.

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