Fargo VA Health Care System
I CARE Story - Ringing Out
It’s just a simple ringing of a bell, but for patients receiving chemotherapy, it’s one more way of celebrating an important milestone in their cancer care journey.
Ringing of the bell is a way to celebrate finishing treatment, and it gives hope to others still undergoing treatment.
The goal of the Fargo VA oncology staff is for patients to walk out of the infusion room at the end of their treatment, thinking, “It’s not just another day” and that the sound of 3 rings of the bell is music to their ears in sharing joy and hope. The patient also receives a congratulatory chemotherapy completion card signed by the oncology staff.
Prior to ringing the bell, there are 2 quotes that are recited:
“Ring this bell – Three times well – Its toll to clearly say – My treatment’s done – This course is run – and I’m on my way.”
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. Smile, this is one of those moments!”