I am assuming that was the thinking of Matthew Wilkening of Ultimate Classic Rock, who caught up with Pete recently.
Criss says he’s been cancer free for “four years, and my checkup comes up next week. I’m real excited about it because I feel great, except for the old pains that come from drumming for fifty years. I go to the gym every day, I walk three-and-a-half miles, I work out five days a week, I play down in the studio. My wife had cancer, too. It’s an amazing story, if not for her cancer I wouldn’t be living. She’s feeling good too. So I just feel great and I’m looking forward to going in. They say it’s five years and you’re out of the water. Personally, my experience is you’re never out of the water. Every day I wake up and I get a pain, I think of the big ‘C’ immediately. Because once it’s in your body, its evil, and I never thought I’d have that in my body. I even went into therapy over it all, because I just couldn’t believe it. You just have that fear, it never goes away. But I’m not worried. Every day above ground, my Dad used to say, is a good day.”
How did Peter find out he had breast cancer? This is something us guys should know, OK.
“It was a nodule, like a lump in my nipple and I discovered it when I got back from the gym,” says Criss. “Look out for bumps and pain, a kind of pain where you just know — this is a kind of pain I’ve never had before. I’ve had cysts and I remember them and I remember the doctor taking them out. This was different, it hurt like hell, it got bigger as I screwed around with it.”
Peter admitted he knew right away that it was cancer.
“I don’t know why, of all things, cause men just don’t think of breast cancer, we just don’t, but I swear, buddy I just knew that breast cancer had hit me for some reason,” he said. “I think that was my angel speaking, and the red light went on, like, this is something more, Peter, you’ve got to check this out now. By the grace of God, my wife was going that day for her own cancer problems, and told her doctor about me. She checked me out, and said, ‘If my husband had that, I would send him over to (doctor) Alex Swistel immediately, like now.’”
Read the rest of that interview here. And do yourself a favor — tickle your tits tonight when you’re in bed. Feel around. Check for a pea-like abnormality. Also, check your balls for the same shit. It will be both helpful and fun.