Getting Down with Pink Gloves

by Ilina on November 24, 2009

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEdVfyt-mLw]

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Debbie Harvey November 25, 2009 at 1:17 AM

I cried at this video. Hard to admit, with a "Scrubs" type hospital setting full of pink gloves and smiles. And I don't cry easily. It's a feel good, people are caring but taking care of patients, kind of video. But too often pink now stands for corporate America, frankly. Diet Coke, Nike, Yoplait…you name it. I don't buy more – or less – because they tie the little pink ribbon around the old oak tree. I work in Healthcare PR – it's getting to the tipping point of being a machine rather than a movement.

But, Ilina and I know more than most about this kindred soul who is suffering. Outwardly ridiculously preppy on the outside, there's no way she upheld that inside hanging out with us. She's gorgeous inside and out, and she and I always espoused we were too f'ed up to have kids. I'm just lucky that many years later, I'm lucky to see that she has MAC, a beautiful if not percocious child, reminiscent of her very own mother, and a payback. HA!

I miss her daily since I am not near her. It also brings to light how important friendships can be. Though we may not always have been together for a while, it is imperative that people provide a surround sound comfort zone. Personally, my dad has been through 3 rounds of cancer and he's safe until…January, another 6 months of relief, another 6 months of potentially of walking on eggshells. Be present, forgive and love each day.

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Ilina November 25, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Oh, Debbie. I cried at your comment. Prayers for your father, for our dear preppy friend, and for all those who are touched by cancer.

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Amy@UWM November 25, 2009 at 9:12 AM

GREAT video. I just had a friend come through stage 2 breast cancer. It's a tough road to hoe for a good year, but her prognosis from the start was very promising. Wishing the same for your friend.

As you know (I think), I work for ACS and I hope your friend avails herself of all of the support ACS has to offer — everything from info on the disease to decision making tools for treatment to support programs. ACS has a program called Reach to Recovery that pairs breast cancer patients with survivors for hope and inspiration. Here's ACS's breast cancer page as a starting point. http://bit.ly/1MfPRH

As for you, ACS has some great products that would make great gifts for your friend, including this awesome new cookbook that's designed to help cancer patients mitigate treatment side effects http://bit.ly/1QAGrF. There are also lots of ways for you to get involved including ACS's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event (see the breast cancer page link). Also me and some other bloggers you know started "Bloggers for More Birthdays" to raise cancer awareness through the blogosphere. Grab a badge and join the effort! http://bit.ly/5xRrSj

Wishing your friend all the best!

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Jen L. November 25, 2009 at 9:19 AM

I wish I had a whole bunch of money to give to that hospital. What an awesome staff. I have a particular affinity for the old dude with the dust mop, but then again, I just think old men are cute in general.

Sending lots of prayers up for your friend. Sounds like the world needs more women like her.

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Green Girl in Wisconsin November 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

I'm so sorry about your friend. She sounds awesome–anyone who wears pearls working out has moxie in my book.

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