WBOY | Kelly Rippin
Now, he's got a new lease on life and wants to share his story of strength with the world.
Growing up, William Wilde knew he was different, but he never could've imagined his journey would take him almost to death and back again and into the arms of girl he knew for years.
"As long as I can remember, ever since I was a kid and stuff I had to do treatments," Wilde recalled. "It didn't seem like I did the normal things as other kids did."
Wilde was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at three years old.
As he got older, battling the disease became more difficult.
Throughout his high school years, he tried to date but for some girls the C.F. was more than they could handle.
That was until he began dating Amanda Sellers; a classmate of his since the sixth grade.
Now his fiancé, Sellers and her family welcomed Wilde with open arms.
"Now I consider them my family," Wilde said. "They took me in and helped me out. If wasn't for them, I wouldn't be the man I am today, right now."