The Heavy Mental Podcast

Cancer: The Big C with Rhys Miles

Episode Summary

Our guest this week is a good friend of mine, named Rhys Miles — commonly known as ‘Miles’ to his friends and loved ones. Miles is a drum-thumping, cancer-beating, ale-chugging, black metal-loving dad from South Wales steel town, Port Talbot. In the later part of last year, Miles’ life was plunged into uncertainty, fear and anxiety after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. In this episode, Rhys eloquently and articulately discusses his story with the ‘Big C’ from beginning to end — all the while with an admirable abundance of candour. He discusses in detail how the disease affected him not only physically, but mentally and spiritually too. It was an assault on his person on all fronts and as he says, “I’d look in the mirror and I’d see a ghost…a literal ghost of what I was.“ With the care of capable and caring medical professionals, and with the love and support of his family and friends, Miles recently completed his final course of chemotherapy and I’m delighted to say that he’s now in remission. I’ve been using the word “powerful” to describe a lot of the conversations we’re having on HM, but that really does feel like the most apt word here — we are limited by language and words after all. This is Rhys’ cancer journey and it is our honour to be able to share it with you all. Much love. Rhys X

Episode Notes

For resources and support on testicular cancer, further information can be found at the links below:

The NHS website has information on testicular cancer here.

Baggy Trousers is UK-based charity that aims to promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of testicular cancer.

To read stories of those affected by cancer, Macmillan has a great resource of stories, here.