Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ringing the bell

Today is a special day.


Today, Barry will be completing his last scheduled round of chemotherapy at the Chemo Day Care Centre at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

There is a ritual at the hospital - in that those patients completing their last treatment of chemotherapy ring the bell as they leave. And when it rings, the nurses and volunteers and other chemo patients pause for a moment and applaud.

Today, at about 2 p.m. EST, Barry will be ringing that bell.

And today, at that same time, hundreds of people from around the world will also be ringing bells, to celebrate this moment with Barry. They will also be ringing for family and friends that have been touched by cancer.

Above is the bell that I will be ringing. Maybe, if you are really quiet, you will hear the bells.

17 comments:

Head full of stuff said...

I am hearing the bells for Barry! I really wish we had something similar in the UK. My life has been touched by cancer for the last few years, as it is a disease faced by currently several of my friends and family. If only we had the ringing of the bells to look forward to on these difficult journeys!

Judy said...

The bells have rung for so many of my loved ones through the years. I will listen to that celebratory sound today.

Studio Sylvia said...

Renate, I will try to hear your bell but it may be so faint, as the sound will travel thousands of kilometres. Nevertheless, I will be celebrating with you. Barry will be in my prayers. Cancer has left an indelible mark in our family and like the previous commentators, a number of friends and acquaintances have and are currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Wishing you and Barry better days. Blessings.

Sherry said...

I don't know Barry...but I had my radiation treatment at Princess Margaret and it's quite the facility. So kudos to Barry and I will ring a bell for him, others and even myself at 2 p.m. today!! xo

sharon said...

I am in work..it's currently 1:50 p.m., but I will be there in thought for Barry and so many others.

Queenmothermamaw said...

ringing my bells with you and hearing yours. Blessings.
QMM

Barbara Lewis said...

Lots of prayers for you and Barry as we ring our bells ... if even only in our thoughts!

SummersStudio said...

What sweet chiming of the bells. What a lovely tradition. Blessings, Barry.

Wanda said...

I was at Barry's too earlier this week...and rang a bell earlier today.

Rebecca said...

Ah...love your bell and was ringing joyfully today:)...

Skip Simpson said...

The bells rang in Alabama at 2!

Rustique Gallery said...

This is a sweet tradition. Congrats to Barry. (I think I heard them!) We all know people touched by cancer. I celebrate with you!
Sherry

Diva Kreszl said...

sending prayers and well wishes to Barry! My sister recently rang the bell after all of her radiation treatments were over, next she'll look forward to ringing the bell after her last round of chemo!

Barry said...

That is one amazing and unique bell, Renate (well of course it is).

I thought I heard it over here in Canada.

I am completely over whelmed by the support I've been receiving.

And humbled.

Cindy said...

The bells were ringing loud and clear for Barry! Renate, you are a wonderful friend... :-)

bARE-eYED sUN said...

beautiful!

it WAS kinda fun, in a way, right?

just to know that so many people cared enough to join in.

thank you.

..
.ero

Narrative jewelry said...

We can hear the bell in France too Renate and Barry. Thanks to share sweet Ren.