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MUSIC THERAPY

Posted May 27 2009 12:00am
As followers of this blog know, I change my playlist a lot! Ron and I love all genres of music- it just depends on our mood. Music has always been a part of our lives. When I first met Ron, he had the biggest record collection I had ever seen! Anytime we were in Seattle, we had to hit the used record stores. We always tried to scrape enough money to go to concerts. Our greatest thrill was to see jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald in one of her last performances. Ron listens to music at home, in the car and at medical appointments. I start my day with a cup of coffee and my headset on (I used to watch the morning news- too depressing these days). Then, I pack my I-POD for the daily commute by bus. Feeling stressed? Listen to music. Music is very therapeutic. Studies have proven its effectiveness in reducing pain and anxiety in Cancer patients. The place that Ron goes to for Chemotherapy has an active Music Therapy program. There are volunteers that peform on the piano or harp, as well as certified Music Therapists. One day I went with Ron to treatment and had the opportunity to see the therapist at work. I was impressed! The therapist spent time in a counseling role: Asking Ron questions and allowing him to express his feelings. It was very comforting. They chatted about their common bond- a love of music. Then the therapist played some of Ron's favorite songs on his guitar. The music transformed us somewhere else; before we knew it, the Chemo was over. Amazing!
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