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Whatever the difficulties you might be facing in life right now, listening to or playing music helps people cope – it’s a way of expressing how we feel, and for many people an accessible way of venting difficult thoughts or emotions.
Music can energise us, reduce stress and promote wellbeing – it’s no surprise then that music, your favourite artists and songs are a regular topic of discussion across the Community.
Here’s what our members have been saying about music and its benefits...
Post Your Favourite Cancer Anthem
Here, members have compiled a playlist of songs that have helped them as they’ve faced cancer.
“Six years ago, we wondered if we dare look into the future and this song helped us both through chemo at a scary time.”
Here are a few highlights from the playlist:
I forgot to be ME
Earlier this year I asked one of our Community Champions,Leolady56, to tell us a little about how the hobbies she was involved in helped her face cancer. In taking back control of her life, she joined a rock choir: “…I joined in with concerns for charities and I laughed, and I forgot about cancer.”
The Singing Biker
Thomas255 posted in our Express yourself group late last year: “For me, singing is a life force…it gets me through tough times, whether it’s in a choir or just singing alone to no one in particular.” He links us to his blog where he’s been sharing recordings of songs he’s been singing.
Songs that express how u feel
floralwoman shared in in our Express yourself group the Demis Roussos version of ‘Smile’, and how fitting she felt the song was for anyone facing cancer. She asked others to share songs they felt a similar way about.
“…there is something about music which can pinpoint a feeling so well. There are certainly times when I think a song really helped me get through it.”
Got a song that’s helped you face cancer? Go ahead and share it with us in the comments section below.
Our Community’s not just a place for people to talk about cancer and its direct impact – if you’d like to talk about music, and perhaps songs that have helped you face cancer, our Express yourself group’s a space where you can do this.
Hi Everyone, I love "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Top Loader. Everytime I hear the song I instantly want to start dancing and singing. I get this excited feeling in my tummy when I hear it. Music is very powerful and it can say what your truly feeling without having to actually say it. Ed Sheerans upbeat songs have the same effect on me and I want the world to know I'm a survivor and I absolutely love life, who needs a big fancy house, car and millions, not me.
My cancer anthem when I had a recurrence in 2018 after being off treatment for a year was That’s Life my preferred version was sung by Westlife. It hit home because of the time of year, “riding high I n April shot down in May, but I know I’m doing to change my tune when I’m back on top in June”. I was riding high in April until April’s scan results and then a biopsy and further scan in May and starting treatment that June. It brings up the emotions of feeling down and then lifts you up, “ each time I find myself flat on my face I just pick myself up and get back in the race”. Just stop the song before the last word as I always do, for years as a kid from the Frank Sinatra version I always thought that the last word was cry but I was wrong it’s die!! but I always press pause and sing my own ending.
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