** This inspiring OGTV story commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month and honors the work of those health care providers who work so diligently to support and aid so many on their recovery journey. **
Tens of thousands of people have put on their active wear and taken part in walks or runs to raise awareness about breast cancer over the years. Medline, a medical supplies company based in Northfield, Illinois, had their own idea. At their 11th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast, nearly 1,000 operating nurses put on pink gloves and danced their best moves to help take the taboo off the disease, and open up conversations to help both the patient and their families.
Medline's Client Market Solutions Officer, Sue MacInnes, described the evolution of the pink glove and its importance as the first point of contact between a nurse and a patient. "The caregiver is interacting with that patient and there is touch," she explained. "Since they are usually wearing exam gloves, we thought if we made them pink, a color associated with breast cancer, that it would create a conversation about breast cancer awareness."
Instrumental in that conversation is Hollye Jackson, a nurse, breast cancer survivor, and now best-selling author of "The Silver Lining, a Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer". Hollye was a self-described vegan eating, marathon running, young Mom with absolutely no family history of breast cancer. When she was blindsided by her cancer diagnosis, her life as she knew it was changed in an instant.
"When I became a patient and moved from the side of a hospital bed and into the patient bed," she recalled, "I learned so much more than I could ever have been taught in my nursing education." A result of this eye-opening experience, is a host of insightful tips that she now shares with all who have been affected by this disease.
Watch how the joy of this gathering warmly highlights the special bond between breast cancer patients and their caregivers and how no one need suffer alone.
More information about this condition can be found at: https://www.breastcancer.org/
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