Thursday, April 26, 2012

He Proposed!

Our beautiful Shygirl posted this link on Facebook:

Bells Ring End of Radiation Treatment


A bell rings out at one of MD Anderson's regional care centers following the completion of a patient's radiation treatment.
Photo: F. Carter Smith

MD Anderson’s radiation treatment facilities have all the bells and whistles — with emphasis on the bells.

Department of Radiation Oncology faculty and staff used their expertise and the latest technology to treat more than 7,000 cancer patients last year.

When their treatment was completed, many of those patients celebrated by ringing a bell at MD Anderson’s centers on the main campus, in the Greater Houston area and in Albuquerque, N.M.

The now-widespread tradition was introduced in 1996 at MD Anderson 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.

Patients who finish treatment at MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center make a bit louder noise by banging a gong to symbolize the restoration of balance, harmony and life energy.


Young patient Karim Apollon bangs the
gong at MD Anderson's Proton Therapy Center.
Photo: Ryan Stephens


Ringing out

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!
— Irve Le Moyne

Did you hear that? Yes, the bell has been rung!

And more will be ringing!

However, that bell ringing ceremony got trumped!


This man just doesn’t do anything half way. Treatment over and time for the traditional bell ringing. The Cowboy takes my hand and leads me to the bell to be at his side or so I thought. . . before I realize what he’s doing he’s down on his knee and proposing!

For those of you that don’t know our story you can check it out on our ‘About Us’ tab.

He handed me a piece of paper that looked like a certificate that I thought they had given him to signify the end of his treatments.

After that it was just a blur.

Even after practicing taking videos on my camera last night, the above picture is all that I got.

This is what was typed on that piece of paper:

We have been together through the best

You’ve been at my side through absolutely the worst

Our love has lasted through 50 years

I ask you to think as I bend at my knee



If your answer is yes then ring that bell so all can hear

You mean everything to me my dear

Now ring that bell so loud and clear

Cuz we are getting’ outta here!

I Love You                         Your Cowboy

We are moving today so I’m not sure what type of internet connection or cell service we will have when we arrive but we will try to keep everyone posted.

I said ‘YES!’


  1. I heard the bell up here..go getem cowboy!!

  2. Happy tears all around! What a wonderful day; only Dad could pull something like that off, and I know nothing can heal him faster or better than the love of such a special lady! :) Love you both & I'm so incredibly happy for you! What a perfect way to celebrate the end of one journey & the beginning of another (much brighter one)! I hope to see you soon to give you both lots of big hugs in person. Safe travels & may this next journey you're on together be the best one yet! Don't forget. Love Always, GEB

  3. Enough with making me cry. That is beyond wonderful. For all your good news. I bet you didn't make him wait for that yes did you. Now you need to take time to rest and heal.

  4. I'm bawling like a baby!!!!! So happy for you.

  5. Another box of kleenex needed here too! Congratulations on the end of this part of the road and on the open one in front of you!

  6. Thanks all for leaving such wonderful comments. Sorry ladies for those tears - hope they are all happy tears. Besides, I do not like crying alone. Thanks for joining me.

  7. Keep those Kleenex coming...more tears over here!! Cannot even begin to imagine a more wonderful story. Congratulations to both of you. Cowboy has a bit of the romantic in him, doesn't he?

  8. Thank you for sharing this one!!!

    Congratulations on ending one journey and starting a new one.

    I'm not surprised by Ron, but yet admire his way.

    I am surpirsed my sister didn't see it coming...come on, it's Ron for gosh sakes!!!

    Bottom line though, through the tears and smiles, I am thankfull for all of this.

    Time to saddle up and enjoy the slow ride home.

    Much Love to you both,

  9. I've been dying to hear all the details but wanted to give you a couple days of rest - thanks for posting about the note!!! LOVE IT!! Hearing wedding bells now - and such a great story, made ppl at my work and my school tear up when I shared with I can tell the world now YAY! I am so blessed, you guys are so blessed. God is amazing and I just love what a romantic my Dad is! Hope that doesn't mean your taking off on a honeymoon after cuz I just want you here....get that peddle to the metal!