My dear friend, Cristina, sent me this article from the Today Show: read here.
The article shares how some patients living with metastatic breast feel that the ritual of "ringing the bell" upon completion of treatment is insensitive to those who will never ring the same bell. I can see their point of view. Forever Survivors, as they're called, will never finish treatment because once breast cancer has spread to the bones, the lungs, the liver, the brain it becomes a life-long battle. There is no cure for metastasis. It is the final stage of cancer.
But yesterday I watched proudly (and teary-eyed) as a sweet friend, Viktoriya, rang her bell upon completing chemo. She deserved that celebration. We all do. But if I couldn't ring any more bells, wouldn't I still be happy for those who could? This is a lesson that I'm constantly teaching my daughters. To be happy for others, even when they have something that we don't...even if it's something we long for.
That's why I will continue to ring my bell unapologetically.