Tish's Breast Cancer StoryJun 6, 2019
I had gone in for just a regular mammogram, and when I went in, I thought, like all the other times, this is just one more mammogram, I’ll get it out of the way. But then when they called me and said “We need you to come in for a biopsy”, then it becomes very real.
I had surgery, and then I was told that I was going to have radiation. And I was given a choice, I could go in to another hospital, or I could be treated right here. This is where I am, this is my home area, I want to be where I’m comfortable. This becomes your family for eight weeks. Every single day except for the weekends. And that’s very important, you are going through a scary time and you don’t know what the outcome is.
The staff have made it unbelievably comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. The two ladies who were at the reception area were more than welcoming and kind. And then when I went to radiation, they went in and they talk to you, they explain very explicitly exactly what is going to be done. The staff even asked me what kind of music I would like to have.
They are very receptive to what a patient needs and what would make them more comfortable. I couldn’t say enough.
When I went in to finish my treatment, I put it on facebook. But then I got a lot of responses from friends, because I grew up in the Midwest. They said, “But did you ring the bell yet”. So I researched it and I found that there was a bell, that a navy rear admiral, who had cancer, decided to do in Houston, and then many hospitals have copied this.
So I researched how many hospitals in Massachusetts had one, and then I found out that Boston had one, and some of the other hospitals, so I brought all of that information back to the hospital. I was elated when they decided they’d do it [get a bell]. It becomes very emotional when you finish your treatment, to know that you have accomplished that. You are done, you are ready to move on. You’ve taken care of what it was that invaded your body and you are ready to move on with your life.
I just want to read you what is on the plaque. “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!”