"I meet new wonderful people everyday doing this."
Phil a former soldier first had testicular cancer in 2003 and while he was on chemo felt very alone and had never been told about testicular cancer.
Facebook and social media did not exist and there was no real support for men who had testicular cancer. He researched testicular cancer from a-z so he had some undertstanding on a level that he understood. He found that the doctors although great people did not give out much info on chemo side effects and how it worked. There was no support in the UK and found that with testicular cancer is was a case of its a high survival rate yes so just get on with it.
He just wanted someone to talk to who may guide him through treatment and the emotions that come with a diagnosis. It would have made things a bit easier. Talking to another man who's had or is on the treatment would have taken a weight off the shoulders and also the burden of families, partners who can give support in some ways but not on the level needed .
He set up checkemlads.com which was this first testicular cancer dedicated website in the world which was a down to earth look at testicular cancer and dedicated himself to talking to men who get diagnosed so they did not feel alone as he did.
He was the first along with Nick O'Hara Smith to raise awareness of testosterone replacement and how low testo can affect survivors and recently got the guidelines changed that help improves men's health post-cancer.
Regular award-winning talks to schools and workplaces when time permits
Phil made the first-ever testicular cancer treatment documentary which was filmed in a cancer hospital and is now used across the world by various oncologists.
He has ever since dedicated himself to awareness and support with thousands of men getting help and support and he can say a lot of them are still friends to this day. He man's the support group with other survivors
He started the Snowdon mountain survivors trek and was the catalyst to getting all the smaller testicular cancer charities meeting up and getting to know each other in 2008 which became the annual survivors meet up from across the UK with hundreds turning up and survivors from the UK and USA meeting up to see the new friends they had got to know.
His cancer returned in 2016 and spent more time on chemotherapy and has second time round left his health a bit " dodgy as he's now had too much chemo to actually still be alive" as he says. He is now deaf and has lost the feeling of his left arm but is just glad to still be alive and with us. He took some time to get back to normal after his second cancer and openly admits he pissed a lot of people off in the process
Unfortunately two lots of chemo has took its toll a bit and has a few issues ongoing.
He says every year without fail that he's had enough and wants someone to take over but everyone just ignores this now.
He is shy, hates praise and back-slapping but is always try and help anyone diagnosed. Still to this day cant understand why people thank him, wouldn't most survivors do the same as he has and offer a bit of support?
checkemlads.com has now become Testicularcanceruk.com because having what you do in your title and where you are is important, time to do it properly and get stuck into it. The internet has made it possible to get help and awareness to everyone. Everyone has a phone now and help and support is just a click away.
Phil lost a few friends to testicular cancer that he had become close with and admits that every time someone does pass away which is very rare he finds it hard to carry on as he feels he has failed
He spends his time seeing old army mates and works for the boxing board as an official and a timekeeper. He can be heard on sky sports at all the big fights shouting " seconds out round one" and ringing the bell in between rounds.