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Hi all, Some may remember me. Others who have joined the forum since 2019 won’t. I took a long break from piano starting in January of 2019 when I traveled to be with my sister and BIL in Oklahoma. It was a long visit that ended longer than expected when my sister had a heart attack and my BIL gradually failed because of colon cancer. I didn’t get home for good until early June.

Then, in a surprising turn, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. I pretty much broke from Piano World then. My treatments lasted nearly a year. During which I did not touch my beautiful piano. My heart wasn’t in it.

Then COVID. It meant my isolation from crowds continued. And I continued to stay away from playing too.

Thankfully, vaccines have brought the return of in person piano lessons. I’m starting back with my teacher this June. I’ve experienced many changes. I now have peripheral neuropathy in my feet and hands from chemo. My playing will not be at the level of difficulty it once was. I’m adjusting. And I know my teacher will point me to appropriate music.

I don’t know if I will be back as a regular on the forums. I know I enjoyed the conversations before. I just have to see how things go. I am presently a year cancer free. I’m intentionally losing weight to help regain my health. I feel good. And really looking forward to lessons again.


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Welcome back, dynamobt!! I am so sorry to hear of all that you had to deal with, but very happy to hear of your recovery!!

As for piano, I recommend finding pieces that are very simple and just enjoy the process of being at the piano, don't worry about comparing yourself to what you played before.

Also, maybe try to figure out a routine with very gentle stretching (arms I mean, not fingers) for before and after practice? Did you work with a physical therapist at all? Maybe they could recommend something?

As for PW, the wonderful about it is, it's always here when we need it! Participate as little or as often as you like.

Wishing you continued health!!!


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Hi I'm a newbie. Sorry for your trials and tribulations. I hope playing will be medicine for your body and soul. Hope to see you here when you can. Congrats on one year cancer free!


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Welcome back, dynamobt! Sounds like it's been a long haul for you frown but I'm glad to hear you're cancer free and back to learning piano. I got burnt out on piano and barely played for a year, and now, thinks to MOYD, I'm back at it, but playing only ragtime. I can't remember *anything* I used to play, and I used to be able to go thru a 40-tune set from memory. So I think you can rest assured their are pleasures to be had from playing again. Glad you dropped in to say hello smile


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Welcome back, dynamobot! Sorry to hear about the health issues for yourself and your sister and bil. Glad to hear you are doing well and that you're being pro-active about staying healthy.

Here's hoping you will find your way back to piano and PianoWorld on a regular basis. Some things change on PW over the course of time, but others stay just the same--maybe different people posting, but the same nevertheless.


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What a horrible couple of years you've had!

I'm glad you are doing much better. And, it's encouraging that you're are feeling up to playing your piano again. That's a great sign. Take nothing for granted, and enjoy everything you can! Welcome back. smile

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I can only echo the sentiments of others. I'm VERY glad you're back with us, for as much or as little as you choose.

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Hi and welcome back!!!! Life is relentless sometimes. Music is the balm. ❤️❤️❤️


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Welcome back Dynamobt! Music is the best medicine!

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I’ve been looking around the forums. Lots of new faces! But I recognize many too. Some awesome pieces in the ABF recital!! I’m looking forward to simply enjoying whatever music I can play. I’ve missed it. Can’t say I’ve missed practicing!! I have never loved practicing! Oh well. I’ve missed music in my life. Music can be medicine!


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Welcome back and enjoy playing the piano.

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Sorry to hear your problems.

Start playing piano again as a way to relieve stress whether you have a teacher or not. I download pieces regularly before getting a teacher and still do today. You can always find pieces that are playable at your level.

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Welcome back. You've had a hard run of years. Glad you're on the mend.

You mentioned that you didn't go back to playing during the enforced isolation of COVID. Well, me too. I have probably played the piano seriously less than 15-20 times since COVID began. People usually assume that our isolation would have driven us to the bench, and I imagine for some it did just that. But for others (waves hand) being isolated at home teaching Zoom classes had the opposite effect. I simply didn't make the time now that I seemingly had much more of it to use.

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nice to see you back here dynamobt.


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Hi dynamobt!

I remember you, welcome back. I am sorry you have had such tough times, and I hope things will be better and better again. And that you'll find that you maybe almost enjoy practising again. wink


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Welcome back dynamobt, I am sorry to hear about all you have gone through and I'm happy you have found your way back to the piano and to us. I hope you can find joy in the piano and not worry about how you play now vs how you used to play.


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Just another voice in the crowd welcoming you back from the shadows and into your music. Make your beautiful sounds again and hopefully share them.

Don't practice, call it listening.

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Sorry to hear the rough times you've had to endure. I hope things are getting better and better yet to come.

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“Listening”!! I like that!

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Hi. Welcome back! So glad to hear of your recovery! Wishing you all the best going forward and or even better days ahead.

I have also been on/off on in playing the piano the last few years but not for the same things you've had to endure by any means. I found great joy in my recent return by going back to less challenging pieces and listening and participating in some recitals. The 40 pieces a year thread has been a great companion and motivation for me. The breaks for me have always been a good thing (even though I didn't know it at the time!). As when I come back it is with renewed energy and motivation. And most importantly the moments of joy that just sitting and playing can bring. All the good folks here at PW are always so friendly and welcoming and are here for each other in many different ways. Enjoy the journey back to playing. I hope the music brings you joy!

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