You see this come up quite often...is "singing any benefit to your health" so pull up a chair and I will tell you my story.
At the beginning of November this year, my daughter in law started a choir at a local church. Me and my beloved went along to support her and join the choir. I have severe COPD, angina and at the moment am having treatment for two cancers, so not enjoying life to the full. However, putting my best foot forward, I went. I've been to four rehearsals and last night, we were part of the churches Carols by Candlelight. The building was very warm and soon came very packed. The heat, the candles and the various body sprays, perfumes, after shaves and my nerves were not condusive to a relaxed evening but I hung in there. We opened the evening with Slade...Were Hanging up .etc. Went really well. Two more items later so time out for singing with the congregation. Here we go again. Boney M "Mary's Boy Child"...certainly one to lift the spirits and then finished it with a lovely quiet carol "Oh Holy Night". They were all well received and I've got to say, we sounded good...no better than good, brilliant. Comes of singing from the heart not the voice. So why am I taking up your time?
I am here to tell you that no amount of medication, nursing or anything else could have given me the sense of achievement, that "great to be alive feeling", or peace and happiness. So the challenge is out there. When I think of the way I have had to change my life around because of my health, I can try new ventures and start to develop hobbies and interest that I have done before.I've gone from motor bikes and walking to mobility scooters, from y fronts to incontinence pads, from gardening to photography and painting with the rest of my life still to come. Praise God. Now, through the choir, I have new friends and people that will pray for me. Thanks for reading and lets all start looking forward to not what we can't do but what we can do....a bit like PIP I suppose but friendlier. Merry Christmas and an adventurous New Life.