I have been a professional Musician since I was 16, and actually got diagnosed with Neuro Endocrine Cancer right after Spring Break this year, in the middle of my semester at a celebrated Conservatory. Talk about life-changing! I couldn't finish what would have been my Junior year, so now I'm behind. Hopefully I can continue doing well with treatment and return in the Spring. I doubt I will be able to go back this Fall!
Apparently, one of the key people with Stupid Cancer is a Concert Pianist. I am actually a Pipe Organist and still maintain my position as the Endowed Organ Scholar at the Episcopal Cathedral here in Kansas City. The people there have been my heroes, taking much care of me since I have no family here and I really don't want to leave my opportunities behind and "go home".
Fortunately, the assisted living facility I moved into has a piano so I can practice...when I have energy and treatments are not getting the best of me. I am actually just getting over some joint/bone pain in my hands. Maybe it's the Chemo affecting bone marrow?!
So if you're a musician, please feel free to reach out and connect with me!