Stuart Austin is over the moon he's alive.
The 61 year-old meat worker from Te Aroha is still coming to terms he was able to "walk out of the Waikato Hospice last Tuesday after a three week stay and no hope".
"I was crook as I thought I was going to die. I was peeing blood, which was painful, and the doctors told me it (cancer) would kill me."
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Two years ago the father-of-four was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
"The future was grim, At the start I was told I had a month to live, that was 18 months ago."
His brother Tom, phoned Vernon Coxhead for a supply of Te Kiri Gold, which Austin drinks with chocolate milk three times a day.
He calls the solution GOLD and knows it won't cure the cancer but he feels 99.5 per cent better.
"I have a lot more energy and feel like a changed person. I can walk around the garden which I haven't been able to do in a while."
He said the docters and nurses supported him drinking the water.
"They are brilliant people - they don't judge and they don't knock it and they've seen the changes in me."
Austin said doctors were "blown away " by his progress too.
"My blood count is up and my kidneys are in good shape."