Go Shorty, it's Your Birthday

It’s my birthday. So I’m exercising my right to be a tad reflective.  

I chose today to take a time out from all the career and business-related work I’ve been doing behind the scenes of late.  If you’ve ever had to start afresh before you know it’s sometimes even busier than working full time.  And I’ve been hard at it.  That’s how I roll, I’m determined and stuff.  

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There’s still time to register for the Chevron City to Surf for Activ!

Yes, I know Perth’s City to Surf is this Sunday, but I have received inside info that you’ll still be able to be a part of it if you log on now.  How do I know this?  I work on the radio: benefits.   

Before I lose you because, like me, you’re not a runner; take a look at number 1 on this short list of reasons why you should join me at the City to Surf on Sunday:

  1. You can walk.  Registrations are still open for the 4 or 12km distances and you can run or walk either. I did a mixture of running and walking to knock over the 12km in a leisurely 2 hours with a friend a couple of years ago and it was heaps of fun. 
  2. The 4km course is 100% atmosphere.  If you and the kids just want to have a little bit of morning fun, come with me on the 4km course.  You can bring prams and strollers, plus there’ll be fun entertainment along the way so you can all take a break.  Look out for giveaways from the 96fm Street Team and if you see me, come say hi! (I’ll be the one on stage at the starting line with Wildcat Damian Martin ;) ) .
  3. Have you seen the weather forecast?  At this stage, it’s going to be a stunning 23 degrees and mostly sunny – the first decent Sunday we’re had in forever.  As much as I’m loving Ozark at the moment there’s no way I’ll be losing the day to Netflix.
  4. You won’t have to run through a stuffy tunnel, or finish at a venue that stinks of horses.  Let’s face it: the other big run in town raises good cash for countless charities and it’s super fun, but there are a couple of obvious down sides.  The City to Surf course is beautiful – especially if you’re walking the 4km like me. You’ll start in leafy Floreat then meander downhill to the finish line at City Beach, enjoying a view of the Indian Ocean pretty much the whole way. 
  5. You can reward yourself afterwards.  The City to Surf course will burn some fuel no matter which course you choose to do.  Last time I did the 12km, my mates and I went straight out to celebrate.  Let’s just say a Chicken Parma never tasted so good. 
  6. Free Fro Yo.  You read that right, at the City Beach finish line 96fm and Pash Frozen Yoghurt will be rewarding participants with freebies! ‘nuff said.
  7. It’s for an incredibly worthy cause.  Further reason to enjoy your post-walk rewards.  Learn more about the great work done the Activ foundation here.

Have I convinced you?  Register now at the City to Surf website And I’ll see you there!

Someone ripped my appendix out when I was 18 and I'm kinda pissed about it.

The news is in and after years of uncertainty, scientists are closing in on the reason all of us humans are born with an appendix. Long regarded as pointless, or a remnant of the evolutionary process, new research from America’s Midwestern University, has indicated your appendix could be acting as a kind of storeroom for the multi-level home that is your gut: stocked up with good bacteria that’ll make you better again when you get sick. 

Turns out we might bloody well need the thing. 

And I, like lot of people don’t have one.

I get that we don’t have any other treatment for appendicitis right now. Another thing scientists aren’t too sure about by the way, it might be a blockage of poo. Yep, poo. Deal. 

But we do know that if an appendix ruptures and you don’t want to die, the only thing to do is whip that bad boy out.  

My issue is that my doc decided to take my appendix out – just in case. 

I was 18 and I’d been experiencing severe abdominal pain intermittently for about 2 years. The latest episode, the worst by far, was an up all night with my head/bottom in the loo the kind of nightmare. Gross, I know, but you need the details. 

Mum took me to the hospital.  The thing about these episodes is that they always stopped suddenly. I’d have an agonizing few hours then, it was like it never happened. The same happened this time. By the time I was being seen by a surgeon, I was feeling kinda.. peachy. 

All the same I’d been having these attacks for a while now and it was kind of annoying. We wanted answers, my doctor wanted to help, and it was decided that they’d go in and remove my appendix anyway. 

My intermittent stomach pain did stop after that, so it’s fair enough to conclude that my appendix was the issue. However, my appendix never ruptured, and now we know what it does to support gut health – I’m left to wonder: am I worse off without it? 

No need for too much detail here, but twenty years later I’m managing several incurable auto-immune diseases. Science is getting closer to understanding the full extent of how important gut health is to overall wellness.  

How many other people are sick because a piece of their insides was removed, “just in case”? 

Hopefully this research has scientists closer to finding an alternative cure for appendicitis. I’m genuinely excited about it.

Maybe it’s the much talked about fecal transplant – or “poo-fusion”? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it. You won’t be disappointed.