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By Kayla Giacin
Friday, January 13, 2012

     I recently read an article about a 51 year old brain tumor survivor currently living in Los Angeles who enjoys drumming.  Idris Hester was diagnosed with his first tumor in 1970 and experienced a reoccurrence 3 times. 
Throughout all of it, he has stayed connected to his love of drumming and has continued on to create his own program called “Drummunication”.  He travels around the area he lives not just to support brain tumor survivors but people who are dealing with various addictions and other emotional problems through hosting therapeutic drum circles, (Lillis, 2012).
     This got me thinking about myself and all the survivors that I know who use different recreational activities as therapeutic tools.  For some, music is a way to express themselves emotionally.  For others, accomplishing something that defies what it is that they are or aren’t supposed to do is an even more powerful experience.
     Like Hester, I believe that many people who have gone through something such as having a brain tumor use what other people might describe as “pastimes” on a much deeper level because of what it means to them and how it helps them to cope.  Hester took something that he loves and not only uses it to help himself but to help others who are experiencing difficulties.
    Medications and treatments can work wonders to physically treat a person but when it comes to helping the diagnosed cope with all that this entails, it takes something that reaches deeper into them on a personal level in order to help create something meaning out of an unfortunate experience.

To read the full article on Idris Hester, go to:

Source: Lillis, Maggie. 9 Jan 2012. Drummer says music's therapeutic value helped him overcome his tumors. Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved online  13 Jan 2012 from: <>.

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