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Musical therapy lifts spirits, eases pain and anxiety

Indianapolis Star
Oct. 8, 2009

When Derrick McKinney goes into a sickle-cell crisis, his legs tighten with pain, like having a long-lasting charley horse, he says. At times, sharp, pulsating pain strikes his chest or back. Pain medications and blood transfusions give some relief from the blood disorder. But he seeks another refuge from pain.

Over at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, Jon Brent taps his feet and softly sings, "You Are My Sunshine," while music therapist Rachel Gruber sings and plays acoustic guitar in his hospital room.

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