My life has been a life filled with pain and fatigue on a daily basis due to chronic migraines along with arthritic, neurological and muscular pain; however, I have been a violinist for most of my life. The violin was my first love, and that flame has never lost its spark. Although, due to significant changes in my bones and muscles, problems with my central nervous system from chemotherapy and other treatments, I am not able to play quite like I used to. BUT, I am still able to play and I play with a vibe that touches the soul. It is very painful to do, but many are encouraged by my efforts. This brings me to the reasons why I do what I do. So many people have dreams and aspirations that never get fulfilled. Most people would say, “You’re sick, maybe you should just try to do something else. Or maybe you should just give up your dream and find something else to do.” Ummm….NO!. I was born with music in my heart. We all were. Everything in life has a pulse or a rhythm. I’m sick…but I’m not dead. It took me many years, but I finally got to the point mentally where I was ready to stand up and fight!