A Cancer Survivor's Soundtrack

How to Use Music to Get Through Treatment
Young Adult Breast Cancer Survivor
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 2:31pm

"Where words fail, music speaks."

Hans Christian Andersen

Music has many benefits. It can create encouragement, motivation, determination, resilience, and the ability to cope. Most importantly, it can heal. Sometimes when there are no words or there is nothing to say, music says it all.

Music has always helped me get through life’s ups and downs. And when I was diagnosed with cancer, music gave me the strength I needed to fight.

Throughout my battle, it was very hard to express my emotions. So I turned to music as a way to cope. The lyrics of each songs became my anthem and motto to keep pushing forward. With each powerful ballad, I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Each song, different from the next, helped me identify my feelings and also pumped me up to get through each treatment.

During my chemo sessions, I brought music and a Bluetooth speaker with LED lights that reflected on the ceiling. Because of this, each treatment became another mountain climbed and another accomplishment to celebrate. This also created a happy and fun environment for the medical staff!

I encourage you to create a playlist during your cancer journey to help you stay strong. Here are some of the songs that helped me on the good and bad days:

Ashley's Fight Playlist

  • Sexyback - Justin Timberlake
  • Fighter - Gym Class Heroes
  • Stronger - Kanye West
  • Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys
  • The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Beat It - Michael Jackson
  • Titanium - David Guetta
  • Strong Will Continue - Nas & Damian Marley
  • Brave - Sara Bareilles
  • Survivor - Destiny's Child
  • Rise Up - Andra Day
  • Fly - Nicki Minaj
  • Started from the Bottom - Drake
  • Let it Be - The Beatles
  • Invincible - Kelly Clarkson
  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
  • Fight Song - Rachel Platten
  • Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
  • If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins
  • Seasons of Love - RENT Soundtrack
  • Under Pressure - Queen

What songs would you add to survivor Ashley's cancer-fighting playlist? Comment below with your suggestions!