Legendary music icon Tim Commerford talked about his health struggles, revealing that his life has been different than most around him knew, according to his recent interview with Spin magazine.
Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine claimed that, before his recent interview with Spin magazine, only those closest to him were aware of his current prostate cancer diagnosis.
The 54-year-old musician claimed he received a cancer diagnosis two months before his former bandmates were scheduled to go on their 2022 reunion tour.
"I've been dealing with some pretty serious s***," Commerford shared. "Right before I was about to go on tour with Rage, I had my prostate removed, and I have prostate cancer."
The veteran bassist claimed he wasn't even sure he would divulge his illness to the world, but after seeing Andy Taylor of Duran Duran skip the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony because he had "Stage 4 prostate cancer," he changed his mind.
"My life is sort of like that," Commerford explained. "There are a lot of people who have it. There are a lot of people who are like, 'Where do you go?' You can't talk to a therapist. You can only really talk to someone who's going through it."
“Music has always been there in the toughest of times.”@RATMofficial’s Tim Commerford reveals his private battle with prostate cancer
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"I hope there's one person who reads this and is like, 'f***, I need to get checked out' when they find out about it," the Rage band member said.
Commerford acknowledged that it has been difficult, despite his best efforts, to maintain a positive outlook since receiving his diagnosis.
"Whatever it is, it makes me wonder if it's happening because I have cancer, and prostate cancer is a very, very, very tough one because it's connected to your sexuality," the rocker shared.
"It's hard to disconnect from that and when you're forced into that situation, it's a brutal psychological journey."
"I've been trying to find support groups, and it's hard to find people and hard to talk about it," he added. "The suffering part of it, the physical suffering after the surgery, I've never felt pain quite like that."
"I have metal plates in my head and cadaver parts in my body. I've done a lot of damage through sports and mountain biking and this sort of thing and I've always felt like I had a really high tolerance for pain, and that s*** brought me to my knees."
"After the pain went away, I still haven't really been able to get up, even though I'm working out and doing s***, but psychologically, the damage is severe," Commerford continued. "It's very hard for me to not break down and get emotional."