I know this will surprise those of you who know me or have read past blog posts, but I googled this bell thing to learn more. Yes, I googled it and spent a good couple hours learning all about the history of this bell. The short of the story is this:
"The now-widespread tradition was introduced in 1996 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center when U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le Moyne, a patient with head and neck cancer, installed a brass bell at the main campus Radiation Treatment Center."
Three times well
Its toll to clearly say,
My treatment's done
This course is run
And I am on my way!
— Irve Le Moyne
The truth is that it seems a bit silly to ring a bell... nothing happens when the bell sounds so really, what is the point of this tradition? Honestly, I have no idea but I do appreciate having something to signify the end. Can't wait to ring it!