I’ve recently returned to learning the lever harp after an absence of several years for personal reasons; more recently, however, I’ve been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis with Transverse Myelitis. I have intermittent control over my left leg and quite a bit of sensory loss due to nerve damage in my lower back. My hands are fine (for the moment).
I’m wondering whether anyone has any experience of learning/playing the harp whilst dealing with a chronic illness such as MS or similar? Can anyone share any advice, hints/tips, reading matter etc that may help me get the best out of my practice/lessons, please?
At the moment I’m doing lots of body awareness and self-care, including resting and pacing myself before/after sessions at the harp, but I would like to try and make the most of my practice and lesson times as possible. I would be so grateful for any comments anyone has regarding this subject.