Inspired by the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard, a musician with FSHD figured out a way to return to drumming

posted on July 1, 2012 - 12:00pm
John DeGeorge, 50, of Los Angeles, works as an IT (information technology) compliance consultant to make a living, but he lives to play the drums. “I think I was born with an interest in making music, or making noise,” he says. Being the son of a former drummer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, such a passion for music must be in the genes.

Ohio teenager Austin 'Puck' Puckett, who has congenital MD, writes and performs hip-hop music with a 'can do' message

posted on June 11, 2010 - 1:49pm
Eighteen-year-old Austin Puckett — Puck — is an up-and-coming hip-hop (rap) artist from Waynesville, Ohio, who uses his experiences with congenital muscular dystrophy as inspiration for his musical career. Puckett has released two albums, “Million Dollar Dreams” and “Still Wishing,” on which he both wrote and performed the lyrics. ReFraze Studios in Dayton handled recording of both. The albums...

Keeping creative expression alive

posted on May 1, 2008 - 4:13pm
QUEST Vol. 15, No. 3
No matter how you look at it, the losses associated with the progression of ALS are always difficult and hugely significant. For artists, this loss goes beyond the inability to make a living or participate in a favorite hobby. Painting, writing, singing, playing music and other art forms are artists’ means of expressing themselves, thereby releasing their internal stressors and emotional energy.
posted on May 1, 2006 - 2:45pm
QUEST Vol. 13, No. 3
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York recently studied the effects of hearing music on 69 adult cancer patients. Remarkably, those who received music therapy reported a 37 percent drop in mood disturbance and 28 percent less anxiety than the other patients. “Researchers know music can affect brainwaves, brain circulation and stress hormones,” says ABC News’ consumer medical...
posted on July 1, 2005 - 1:58pm
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 4
Bryna Golden Who:Bryna Golden, 41 Where:Westminster, Calif. DX:Unidentified neuromuscular disease, 20-plus years

The secret weapon for respiratory health

posted on May 1, 2005 - 9:40am
Did you know that singing or playing a musical instrument is good for your respiratory system? Don’t get me wrong: I’m not talking about the drums, piano or guitar. From the trumpet to your vocal cords, any instrument that takes lung power may help you maintain or improve breathing.