Man Puts Up ‘Check Your Nuts’ Christmas Lights After Beating Testicular Cancer
Christian Roach, 41, first started feeling pain in his testicles in October 2018. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in January and, after having treatment, he now has the all clear.
To celebrate, Christian from Trealaw, Rhondda, Wales, decided to put up a festive light display to encourage other men to check their bits.
He has spelled out 'Check Yr Nuts' using 750 fairy lights hung up on the railings outside the front of his home.
The dad-of-three said: "I had cancer at Christmas last year but I had no idea.
"I knew something was wrong and couldn't properly enjoy Christmas. I am normally very bubbly but my mates and the family said I seemed off.
"I tried to put on a brave face but people did say I didn't seem like myself. The message with the lights is massive and really important to me.
"We trim up with lights every year and I just said this as a joke at first. But Nicola loved the idea and we ran with it. The street is glowing up now it is.
"I knew very little about cancer and stuff before but it's so important to catch it early. If you do there is a good chance it can be sorted. I know it's not nice going to the doctors and pulling out your private parts but it has got to be done.
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"If the lights can help just one man then it has worked."
Roofer Christian first felt the pains in his testicle when he was at work, and after telling his partner, Nicola Richardson, 39, he went to his GP in 2018 but was sent home without treatment or a diagnosis.
When his symptoms got worse, he went back in January this year and was urgently referred to hospital for scans.
The next day, he was told he had cancer.
Christian said: "I can't explain what it felt like to be told I had cancer. I would not wish it upon my worst enemy. I have never experienced anything like that in my life. When I went home I could not look my kids in the eyes.
"My biggest worry was leaving my kids behind. In the end the hospital was really good and I was sorted really quickly."
Christian underwent an operation three weeks later to remove one of his testicles.
"It felt amazing to be given the all clear so quickly. I was very stressed about it and Christmas was a very hard time of the year for me last year.
"It was a massive relief to get it sorted and I am so pleased I did they right thing to get it checked out."
Christian said since he put up the lights, pals have been in touch asking for advice or gone to the doctors.
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