Facebook | Aug 1, 2018
“I’m a board certified and licensed music therapist and work specifically on the floor at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Music is such a motivator for all of our kids. It connects them which is one reason why I do ukulele groups.
Many of our kids, especially those with sickle cell, will come into the hospital in extreme pain and that’s such a young age to be experiencing that and requiring Morphine and Percocet and Dilaudid; all these really hefty drugs. You know they have to be in a lot of pain, so usually with my blood disorder kids, I’ll introduce the concept of coming to the ukulele group and they’ll say, “Oh, I’m not so sure, I’m not really feeling great,” but if I can get them out of bed and to the group, they’ll end up smiling and laughing and really interested in what each other are doing.
After teens have attended the ukulele group I give them the option to check out a ukulele for the rest of the day, or sometimes the rest of their hospital admission, so they have their own ukulele to keep in the room while they’re still here. They can play it whenever they want and it’s another choice they get to make. And during the weird hours of the night when I’m not there and if they’re awake and in pain, they can help themselves feel better and take their mind off of things for awhile.
You have made such an amazing impact on her life! I would love to share a picture of her playing, especially when she will be performing. If there is any way we can support or put a spotlight on what a wonderful piece you provide in this rehabilitation, please let us know how we can help. She is in 8th grade and next year in high school will do community service as part of their curriculum. If there are volunteer opportunities within the Art/Music therapy department, she would love to participate!
She has also had vocal solos at school and at Mass. Her confidence continues to grow and her rehab continues to help guide her!
She still has a long road to go, but her progress is months ahead of the doctor’s expectation and I believe it’s because of people like YOU that touched her heart and helped provide her comfort and sharing your mutual love for music.
Thanks for all you do for the kids, and what you have given my daughter!!
Jessica, Eva’s proud mom