In one of the chess forums I frequent, I was told of an amazing chess experience by one of the forum members. I asked for permission to share this story with you, and am very happy that permission was given. Hugh Patterson (also known as Johnny Genocide) is a professional musician going on 27 years, and was diagnosed with cancer. He had to cancel a year's worth of his shows to fight back the cancer through treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Since he could not travel and do his life's passion, he began to study and play chess, which is something he could do during the challenges he faced undergoing such painful treatments.
I encourage you to take some time to read his reflections on how chess helped him on his road to beating cancer. You can read his post on how chess saved his life here and he also has the following MySpace pages to check out:
Hugh is now on the road to recovery, and with all that chess study he has done over the course of his cancer treatment, I am sure he will be quite a force on the chess board! Congratulations on your successful fight against cancer Hugh, and I am glad you have found some good friends in the chess community to explore your new passion for the game with while you work hard at your music career! You are in my thoughts and prayers.