On yesterday's show there was a debate on whether bells should be banned/moved, one women who has secondary cancer called them "cruel and divisive" - would be interested to hear what other cancer patients think.
I watched this morning and can see both opinions, I rang the bell when I finished my radiotherapy, it seems strange but it does make a difference, it's something to aim for and a celebration when you have finished your treatment, maybe put it somewhere else.
Hi - thanks for responding
I didn't ring the bell but took great delight in watching others ring it. If it was moved then others couldn't join in the celebrations and how practical is it to move the bell? I have to say I agreed with the mum whose little boy rang the bell, I can see how this bell would motivate and give hope to his family and other cancer patients - without hope - what have we got?
Unintended consequences ... having people with life-threatening incurable cancer within earshot of those bells is like the 1970’s horror of putting women who had just had a devastating miscarriage on the same ward as women with crying healthy babies. For many that sound emphasises their own loss of hope.
What an interesting and thought provoking post! I didn't see the programme myself but I do think it's important to be able to raise these questions.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this thread
Thank you for your thoughts on the matter. However I don't like the maternity comparison, having lost a child myself. I think there's a difference in that one is dead and the other is living and continue to live due to treatment - so there is still hope for the latter.
A bit off topic, but I sat in a waiting room full of pregnant ladies just before being told that I needed a hysterectomy. Not fun, especially as someone in their early forties without any kids.