MPN Empowerment Leads Jeff and Summer discuss the role music has played in both of their lives and how it has specifically helped amid Summer’s myelofibrosis diagnosis. Watch now to hear how music has influenced their lives.
Hi, I’m Jeff.
I’m Summer and this is Zelda.
And we’re your Patient Empowerment Network Leads for the myelofibrosis portion of the Patient Empowerment Network. Here to talk to you today about music. How music affects you when you have cancer. Is it good, bad, or what? And what do you think, Summer?
I think it has a very positive effect because, for example, I just finished doing an hour of Zumba dancing and I love Zumba music, and I now have 5,00o steps on my Apple Watch. I think it can really raise your endorphins and be very good for the immune system.
Well, research proves Summer absolutely right. There’s been a lot of research into how music affects the body. Music is a tremendous de-stresser, it helps people relax, and all of those things affect your physical body. Summer has talked at length about how the mind and body connection works.
For me as a caregiver, it’s a little bit different. I’m a musician. I play the piano. I play in a band and I love to listen to music. It takes me to other places and it relaxes me. And it takes my away from, similarly, it takes me away from the stresses that caregiving can sometimes provide. Now we don’t have too many, but it does. So really that’s how we would feel about music. We have two different approaches to it. Music is definitely a positive in dealing with your myelofibrosis.
Until next time, I’m Jeff.
Summer. I’m Zelda.
We’ll see you later.