much like you, i have a list of things i simply do not like, and perhaps even hate. however, that doesn't mean i am averse to trying some of the items on the list from time to time (just to make sure i still don't like them...or perhaps have miraculously developed a liking).
i was sure i didn't like shellfish...but little by little i am introducing more into my diet, and perhaps even culinary repertoire. mussels can be all about the broth or whatever soupy (and hopefully garlicky) goodness they're cooked in. so that works out well for me. my transformation started with crab and then to shrimp. while i've always liked scallops, i'm easing into the other bivalves slowly. clams and oysters are still a little iffy for me. but i'll keep you posted.