hearing from musician survivors
Six weeks now since www.musiciansurvivor went online...and 120 musician survivors of breast cancer have logged on to the online survey to contribute to the Life and Livelihood Study. Several have contacted me to share additional details of their experience with breast cancer. All may contribute to the study in some capacity, whether to write a brief narrative about their experience or whether to take the full survey that polls those whose primary treatment (e.g., surgery, reconstruction, chemo, radiation) ended between 1-5 years. We need 200 in this "full survey" group to complete this first step, or Phase One. Of the 120 who have contributed, 40 completed the full survey and 30 completed the brief narrative. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS!
Phase Two of the study will consist of about 30 telephone interviews with those who volunteered after taking the full survey to be interviewed. We hope to start these in January. The online survey will stay active though, possibly through Sept. 2008.
During this startup phase I have learned of survivors in Phoenix, Chicago, and New York state who have organized ensembles and concerts to both bond together as survivors making music and to raise funds. I can only hope that these groups reflect our music community overall, that there are other music survivor groups!
Wishing you all good health and happiness as musicians. And please keep telling others about the study!