• Did you ring the bell after treatments were over?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Monday, November 18, 2019

    Did you ring the bell after treatments were over?

    Did your facility even have a bell? Some do, some don't, and a few have them but they are tucked away out of view of the treatment room. Why? Read our blog post to see the reasons, click here for the article-->> http://bit.ly/2CSHLX5

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    • cllinda's Avatar

      No bell for me. After the fourth trip to the hospital, I was taken off the chemo of TCH. After a month or so, they continued me on the Herceptin. I was so sick from TCH that I only could do 4 out of 6 treatments. No bells for me. And I'm just happy that I made it through.

      17 days ago
    • bmuller's Avatar

      Our cancer center did not have a bell and reason seems like a good one
      ..out of courtesy to patients still going through treatment not knowing if they will ever be able to do the same.

      17 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar

      I read the blog. Brought up some very good points on both sides of the question, "to ring or not to ring". My center has a bell. It is placed at the entryway between waiting room/reception and the "inner sanctum" . Anyone in the infusion suite can hear it. I did not ring the bell. I felt very conflicted and confused. Why was everyone talking about me being "done", like it was all over, when I new in my mind and heart and body that this thing was really just beginning?

      17 days ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I never saw a bell either. Way back in 89 they were not concerned too much about after you left. Just while you were there.

      16 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      My hospital didn’t have a bell back then, or if there was one in the breast center, I never heard it ring. I think they now have them. I agree with bmuller (and others) that it’s better to not have one, as many people won’t get to ring that bell.

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      16 days ago
    • Coloman's Avatar

      My treatment center has one near the entrance up front. It's far enough away from the treatment rooms that it can't be heard. But occasionally, if you're walking out you can hear it ringing.

      16 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      No bell, but they did give me a certificate of completion.

      16 days ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      No bell, but I would not have rung it in any case, out of respect for those still undergoing treatment. As it turns out, after 8 cycles involving eight drugs, I had two relapses and two additional cancers. So, the only bell that would have been rung was my head when contemplating the additional 70+ cycles in my future. So, when I say that I am delighted to be anywhere, I mean it.

      11 days ago
    • MiriamMarino's Avatar

      There's a bell in my infusion center. It's in the middle of the infusion room on the wall of the Nurses station. I think it was located thoughtlessly. There are people dying, fighting for their lives in the infusion room. The bell should be located in the area one walks out of the center. It will still be heard by the patients in the infusion room but the celebration is personal. Not a group hug. We may wish a survivor well, but we do not have to have the bell in the room to be happy for them.

      9 days ago

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