This CD was made in gratitude for my recovery from breast cancer, primarily to help charities which support sufferers of this and other cancers. My sincere thanks to all who have purchased the album.
1. Nuvole Bianche (White Clouds)
2. Le Onde (The Wave)
3. Dolce Droga (Gentle Drug)
4. Stella del Mattino (Morning Star)
6. In Un’ Altra Vita (In Another Life)
7. La Nascita delle Cose Segrete (The Birth of Secret Things)
8. I Due Fiumi (Two Rivers)
9. Come un Fiore (Like a Flower)
11. Resta con Me (Stay with Me)
12. I Giorni (The Days)
14. Melodia Africana IV (excerpt)
At least £1 per CD sold will be gift-aid donated to UK cancer charities.
Donations from album sales have benefited these charities:
Children with Cancer UK
Cancer Research UK
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Lymphoma Association UK
Teenage Cancer Trust
Breast Cancer Now
Donations from sales will also go to help fund research into alternative treatments to chemotherapy.
Cover photography by Dennis Reddick
Have Courage – some words of support
From my own experience, to be told we have cancer may be met with mixed feelings. When we hear that six-letter word used in relation to ourselves, or someone we love and care about, we may immediately fear the worst. The old, familiar world we used to live in may seem to have vanished in the few seconds it took for the doctor to give us the news. Suddenly we may feel full of uncertainty, fear, doubt, despair and unreality. Then there are those who may feel immediately defiant, determined not to falter at the early stage, taking it on the chin.
All these, and more, are normal, understandable feelings likely to be experienced by anyone who is diagnosed with breast or any other form of cancer. We feel whatever is right for us at the time.
Millions of us are experiencing, or have experienced, the same feelings and fears, not forgetting how we felt when we first discovered a lump or other abnormality, the anxiety of waiting for scan results, the anticipating of a biopsy result and, after being given a positive diagnosis, listening to the doctor explaining how the cancer would be treated but not really hearing because it all seemed so unreal. And maybe later dreading the prospect of having to endure the harsh, punishing treatment of chemotherapy in order to have the best chance of survival.
Trust your doctors. Their skills, expertise and experience are your lifeline. Surgeons, oncologists, radiographers and nurses all form your army of supporters. These wonderful people will shield and protect you, giving you the things you need to help you overcome this formidable opponent you face. If at any time you feel confused about what’s happening to you, or there are things you want to know, just ask.
Be aware of what is being done to help you, and why. If we’re on an unfamiliar road it’s often far easier to reach our destination if we stop along the way to ask someone for directions. Never be afraid to ask the doctors and nurses caring for you if there is anything you want, or need, to know. It’s usually the unknown that creates the most fear in us. Once we know the facts, once we are aware, we can deal with the reality instead of allowing ourselves to be frightened by our imaginings.
Have courage – you have a special light within you, and through your journey that wonderful light of yours will be shining as brightly for you as it ever did before you developed cancer. Trust in your light, see it every day, and at night before you go to sleep look for it. See that light shine and you’ve made the first, vital move in creating a positive mental attitude to your disease. This is your greatest asset, your most valuable and effective weapon. Think and act as a warrior, always one step ahead of the enemy. Deal with the onslaughts as they come, one at a time, giving all to each individual battle in the war you’re determined to win.
The most difficult experiences of our lives are usually the ones that teach and strengthen us the most after we have come through them. We can then find ourselves able to help other people with similar difficulties. One of the most valued things you can do for anyone needing comfort and reassurance is simply to listen if they need to talk. They will know you understand, and will be greatly helped by that.
Good wishes for your full recovery, or that of your loved one. Bless and thank you for your interest in my one-off album.
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