Sadru’s story

Through music therapy Sadru has found a way to share his experiences of living with cancer to help others. 

A cancer diagnosis at any stage of life is devastating, but for teenagers and young people living their lives to the fullest with their futures ahead of them, the news can be especially heartbreaking. Sadru is one of these young people. At the age of 18 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and started a course of treatment 

The tumour and subsequent treatment affected Sadru in many ways. Along with the physical effects of the intensive chemo, the tumour itself also impacted his left eye and caused problems with his balance and his cognitive ability. But what also suffered was his mental health – he felt isolated and anxious.   

This is where Nordoff Robbins music therapy came in. Whilst much of the treatment Sadru was having in hospital was focused on the illness, music therapy supported him through his entire journey, supporting and celebrating his wellbeing, his identity, and crucially, focusing on what he could do, not on what his illness  meant he couldn’t.  

His music therapist Joe said: “As Sadru progressed on his journey with his illness, so did the way in which we engaged in music together. We moved into song writing which gave him the space to be creative and express himself – he wrote about his experiences with cancer, using the music as a means of getting out all those emotions and frustrations he was feeling, out in the open.  

Sadru said: “I wanted to shine a light on what I went through so other people can see it and appreciate what they have and to help them if they are going through what I went through. To say you are never, never alone, you never have nothing, even when you give up and you can’t do any more, just believe you can.”