Music after Cancer
At some point during our months of breast cancer treatment, almost all of us wonder whether life will ever again be joyful. We remember our pre-cancer lives with longing, and hope that our futures will be/can be similarly happy. We worry that we have forever lost those feelings.
This invitation came a few weeks ago from a woman who attends one of my groups. She had a mastectomy and chemotherapy a number of years ago, has worked hard to find her new place in the world. An organist by profession and a musician by heart, she especially worried about this important part of her life.
I wanted to invite you to Bach Birthday organ recitals this Saturday at the XXXX Church, Boston. I'm playing a recital in the morning. The entire schedule goes from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with lunch from 12:30 to 1:30). Admission is free. I'd be delighted if you can come.
In regard to mastectomy, playing a recital is still such a huge thing to me. After surgery I didn't think that I ever would play a recital again -- I cannot explain it but that's how I felt. So it's an extra privilege to play on Saturday. Music by the greatest composer (at least to organists) on a fabulous instrument and a chance still to do what I love.
"A chance to still do what we love" is the goal of life after treatment. It will come, and you will celebrate and cherish it.
P.S. Although I was out of town and could not attend the concert, I hear that she was fabulous.