A dad has decorated his house with Christmas lights which spell ‘Check Your Nuts’ – after beating testicular cancer.
Christian Roach, 41, struggled through last December with pain in his private parts and had was diagnosed with testicular cancer in January.
The roofer had one of his testicles removed and chemotherapy, and now he’s cancer free.
To celebrate, Christian from 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 Your 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.
“If the lights can help just one man then it has worked.”
Christian first noticed his private parts were painful in October 2018 while he was on rooftops at work.
He confided in partner, Nicola Richardson, 39, and went to his GP, but said he was sent home without treatment.
But when his symptoms got worse, he struggled through Christmas and went back to his GP on January 2 this year, and was sent to hospital for urgent scans.
The next day tests at Cardiff Hospital revealed he had testicular cancer and required surgery as soon as possible to stop it spreading.
Christian underwent an operation three weeks later to remove one of his testicles.
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.
“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.”
He had chemotherapy and is now cancer-free – and came up with his light display to encourage other men to keep an eye on their health.
The sign now “lights up the whole street”, according to Christian.
Christian said since he put up the lights pals have been in touch asking for advice or gone to the doctors.