A ROSE GREEN woman is hitting the right notes for cancer charities.
Elisabeth Dicker has rediscovered her love of music since she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Her recovery from the condition has inspired her to compose a piece of music she hopes will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
The composition is called Vivons Let’s Live and is a wonderful heartfelt piece of music. It forms part of a ten-track CD which Elisabeth, of Carlton Avenue, has released.
She said: “I’d not played the piano for about ten years. I had gone through all my grades and had been a tutor with about 15 pupils but it just didn’t appeal to me any more.
“But, since I had cancer, I just wanted to do something that I loved. I’m now on my 16th composition.
“I’m thinking about music all the time. I’ve always got it in my head and I have just got to sit down at the piano and start playing.
“My friends and family say the music is very relaxing. I would call it easy listening but the last piece I have composed is a bit more classical.”
Elisabeth, 54, was under the care of Macmillan breast cancer nurses while she was being treated at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.
“I just wanted to give my support back to Macmillan as the breast care nurses in Chichester hospital were giving me all the support I needed. Whenever I needed advice, I could always call them, and they always take their time to speak to you, which is really nice.
“But I was one of the lucky ones. I did not need chemotherapy or radiotherapy. I’ve got to take Tamoxifen for five years instead.”
Elisabeth – a mother of two and grandmother of three – has sold some 40 copies of her CD so far but is hoping the number will rise as word spreads about it.
Steph Georgalakis, a fundraising manager for Macmillan, says: “Cancer is one of the toughest fights most of us will ever have to face and the Macmillan team is there for people every step of the way.
“No-one should face cancer alone, and with support such as Elisabeth’s, no one will. We really can’t thank Elisabeth enough for choosing to support Macmillan in this way” Vivons can be heard on www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8z3ley_0C8 The Vivons CD can be bought at: http://www.henaux.co.uk/#!music/c1piq