The Cumberland Medical Center Regional Cancer Center recently installed a brass bell patients are invited to ring when they complete their treatment.
"The bell serves as a tangible benchmark for the patients that they have completed their radiation treatment course," explained Jordan Johnson, director of the Cancer Center. "This is significant to the patient because it lets them close the chapter in their battle and open the chapter of recovery and start down the road to being cured."
The bell is accompanied by a short poem:
"Ring this bell three times well
Its toll to clearly say
My treatment's done
This course is run
And I am on my way."
"Wherever we are in the department, we can hear the bell and we all take the time to clap and acknowledge the achievement of another patient finishing treatment," Johnson said. "This bell keeps the staff focused and committed and reminds us of the difference we make each day."
The bell also helps to motivate patients in the waiting room to keep moving forward in their own personal battle and to look forward to their turn to ring the bell.
"As patients sit and watch others ring the bell, we often hear them telling each other how much longer they have until they can ring their bell," Johnson said. "So, when the bell rings here at CMC Regional Cancer Center, patients and staff celebrate another victory."
Jordan invites the community to come "hear" the difference CMC Regional Cancer Center is making for its patients. Call 456-8390.