March 11th, 2014
| Survivor: Thyroid Cancer
As a nurse, Anna knew that designing stylish hospital gowns could have a huge impact on anyone having to spend time in the hospital, but she had no idea that she would be one of the people benefitting from the gowns.
My sister, Selena, and I (Anna) are both nurses. I work in an Emergency Department and Selena works in an adult ICU. We have over 15 years of nursing experience between the two of us and THE biggest complaint of our patients are the old, often torn, generic hospital gowns that leave patients feeling vulnerable. We realized we had an opportunity to design a much better hospital gown that was stylish, dignified, comfortable, and most importantly, covered the "backside". Thus began our company, Annie & Isabel.
Our hospital gowns provide comfort to new mothers having babies but also to women having to spend time in the hospital for planned surgeries, acute illnesses, or cancer treatments. We have been amazed at the response we have gotten from women who have worn our gowns. We have been especially inspired by women, fighting tough medical diagnoses, who have written to us to tell us how comforting it was to have their own special hospital gown.
I personally didn't fully realize the impact our hospital gowns could have until I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer two years ago. I had to go through two surgeries to remove my thyroid and, for each surgery, I wore one of our Annie & Isabel hospital gowns. Instead of having nerves and fear take over my thoughts, I went into surgery with a smile and came out of surgery with a smile because I felt beautiful and comforted in my cheery hospital gown! I also felt that it gave me a bit of control back in a situation that felt so out of my control.
Selena and I both have a passion to help others which is why we became nurses. Our company helps us feed this passion so, while we sell designer hospital gowns, we find the greatest satisfaction in connecting with our customers and supporting them through their tough times. Our customers are the inspiration that keeps us going in our business and we write about these beautiful, inspiring women often on our blog.
A big thank you to "IHadCancer" for giving us the opportunity to share our company with all of you. We know many of you are fighting your own battles and we would love to offer a 15% discount on our gowns to any of you who will need to be spending time in the hospital. Please use code "IHADCANCER" in the discount box to receive this discount. This discount will be valid through the end of March. Our website is annieandisabel.com.
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