I feel deeply privileged to have met David Dyke, a strong and gentle Australian man – as a participant in our ongoing global prostate cancer survivor conversations.
What struck me most was David’s strong and positive energy, and I asked him about that.
I was devastated when I got my prostate cancer diagnosis. I cried for 24 hours almost non-stop. But after my video was released I felt renewed energy. I turn adversity – I flip it over into opportunity.
David spent 38 years working for Telstra, the Australian telecomms company. Very much a manly man’s world.
So then the obvious question came next: how did you find, or retain, your gentleness and kindness through the hard exterior of being a field manager in a rough-tough culture? David says he was bullied at school, but he stood up for himself. He recalls staking a claim for his personal power right back at the age of 9. What a gift! He also finds he is at his best when there are really big challenges – catastrophes if you like – and that reminded me of Steven Biddulph’s book celebrating what is good about Manhood.
I am not sure I have the full answer to the roots of David Dyke’s strength and generosity, and I invite you to watch David’s prostate cancer video documentary and see for yourself.