There was no bell, virtual or otherwise when I finished my chemo treatments in 2011. I did receive a photocopied certificate that all the nurses in the chemo suite had signed. It made me cry. What's even sadder is that I write and edit for a living and notice a grammar mistake. It partly ruined the experience. I wish I could turn it off.
I was thrilled to ring the bell at Nanaimo General Hospital (BC Cancer Centre) when I finished chemo on April 19, 2017. The nurses had a large bell which they passed on to each person finishing. As it turned out no one finished during my previous visits there so I was surprised to see a woman ringing the bell an hour or so before I was unhooked for the last time! So the two of us rang with pride and exclaimed to the others that it really does end and they'd be there soon.
There were no bells at the end of my radiation but I did find myself walking down the street with a huge smile on my face (bewildering those coming towards me) :)
My daughter rang the bell on August 17 at Juravinski Cancer center in Hamilton Ont. As a proud and happy Father I aranged to have most of the family there for her last radiation treatment. Jamie is in her rest period now and will be starting her 5_23 chemo cycle next week. Congratulations to all who have rang the bell.
5 weekly chemo, 4 brachytherapy under general anesthetic, and 25 external beam radiation treatments... DONE on September 18th! I didn't see a bell at the Kelowna cancer clinic, so this virtual one is a nice touch