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Cancer Patients Find Holiday Cheer

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The holiday season is here, and sometimes it can be a bittersweet time for hospital patients.

Emanuel Hartman III was diagnosed with cancer in his lymph nodes in 2011.

"You don't feel well, so it's hard to get the Christmas spirit," Hartman said.

He came into the Billings Clinic for a follow-up on his cancer treatment, and said he doesn't have much holiday spirit.

"And trying to keep upbeat for everything," Hartman said.

Hartman said he stayed a little longer after his appointment to listen to the carolers in the lobby, and describes it as an upswing from his appointment.

"And with the singing it helps," Hartman said.

Billings Clinic employee, and Risk and Claim Specialist, Robin Nagel, said they do this every Wednesday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"I'm not sure why, but this idea just popped into my head one Christmas about 3 years ago, that it would be fun to get people together and sing some Christmas carols in our commons area," Nagel said.

Nagel said it's fun when patients join in and sing along with them.

"And we get patients that stop and sing with us. We get other employees that we drag in and sing with us, and we just have fun with it and spread a little Christmas cheer," said Nagel.

Nagel said if you want to come out for some holiday cheer, they do the caroling at noon every Wednesday at the Billings Clinic.

She also said the caroling lasts for 15 to 20 minutes, and the last day will be on December 18th.