Healthier Me: Bell Celebrates Patient Milestone at Roger Maris Cancer Center
The sound of a ringing bell has different meanings in different circumstances.
Everyday there is ringing in the lobby of the Sanford Health Roger Maris Cancer Center. It often brings a mix of tears and cheers.
The cancer center recognizes all victories in the battle against cancer. Doctors say it's not just the victory of survival, but all the small and large victories along the way that should be celebrated.
Patients are encouraged to ring a bell in the lobby when they finish their treatments, whether it is radiation or chemotherapy.
The ringing of the bell is not just emotional for the patient ringing it. It's often emotional for other patients waiting for their treatments to hear the bell.
The cancer center staff often hear other patients say they can't wait for their chance to ring the bell. They say it's something to look forward to during an often long journey battling cancer.