Some of you may know me as a THANC Face of Courage. Others I have crossed paths with at Mount Sinai as The Patient Advocate for Head & Neck Cancer Surgery. As a patient, an advocate, and volunteer for THANC I ask for your help in bringing a little joy to our patients battling Head & Neck Cancer in the hospital.
How many times have we all had a bad day, turned on a favorite song, and then suddenly our spirits are lifted. We may sing along, tap our feet, or even break out a little dance while no one is watching.
Music has the power to move us – mentally, sometimes physically and quite often emotionally.
Head & Neck Cancer patients post-surgery are often in the hospital for weeks, and the days go by very slowly. Some are breathing and eating by the use of tubes, unable to speak, and may be physically changed from the neck up forever.
Please help me make my remaining goal of $3900.00 to bring Music Therapy to Head & Neck Cancer patients for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning in September. This will enable a Music Therapist to offer their services to Head & Neck Cancer patients post-surgery up until discharge from the hospital. Like any other therapist they document in the patient’s chart so the medical team may view their notes.
For those who have not been touched by cancer I share this with you. Recently, I had a musician play for one of our patients in the Critical Care Unit. Unable to speak or eat, barely move and in pain, the patient’s loved one and I suddenly saw the patient’s foot tapping the edge of the hospital bed to the rhythm of the guitar.
Please help other Head & Neck Cancer patients experience this sweet moment of release.‘ May your hands always be busy May your feet always be swift May you have a strong foundation When the winds of changes shift May your heart always be joyful May your song always be sung And may you stay Forever young ‘ Bob Dylan