Swallowing an oyster

I was listening to radio 3aw last week and one of their breakfast team, John Burns, said that there is an old saying which says –

“It was a brave man who first tasted an oyster.”

I had visions of skin clad blokes standing around a barbecue on a beach quaffing mead from buffalo horns and saying to one of their mates who was slightly under the weather “You’re not really gonna eat that are you.” Bit like the goldfish swallowing contests I’ve heard about at American colleges, or the famous “Farm Week” at my old alma mater, Monash University, when the trick was to scoff as many meat pies and beer that you could in order to make yourself spew.

Then I started to think about what it really meant and on researching it found that it is attributed to 17th Century Irish satirist Jonathon Swift. I could be wrong but I beleive that what he is talking about is that often things that appear to be unpalatable are sometimes pleasurable and sometimes even more necessary. That often the good things that come of things we fear are immeasurably better than not doing those things.

As I was writing this I heard on the radio of the death of Dan Fogelberg from prostate cancer. On his website their is a poignant and timely message for all of us –

To each and every man….

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and a PSA(Prostate Specific Antigen) test EVERY YEAR.

The medical community suggests this for men over 50, but men with a family history of prostate cancer should start getting tested at age 40.

The PSA test is a simple blood test…it only takes a minute or two. The DRE, okay, every man squirms at the thought of this exam, but hey, it too takes only a minute or two, and IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Prostate cancer can be very slow growing or very aggressive, but detected early while it is still confined to the prostate gland, it can usually be treated and cured successfully.

Once it spreads beyond the prostate it is called Advanced Prostate Cancer (PCa). At this point it becomes imminently more life threatening and harder to treat. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor and GET CHECKED REGULARLY. I promise you, you DON’T want to go through what I’m going through if you can avoid it.

Education and awareness are key, I urge you to follow the link below to the Prostate Cancer Foundation web site and read up on how best to protect yourself and reduce your likelihood of contracting this terrible disease.

May I firstly say how much pleasure I have received from Dan’s music over the years. The band of angels has received another sweet voice.

Messages of support can be left on The Living Legacy website.


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