Hospital Gowns and Mental Attitude

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August 1, 2011

Hospital Gowns and Mental Attitude

Brenda Jones (Vincentown, NJ), breast cancer survivor and hospital gown designer. "A new generation of hospital gowns."

Brenda Jones was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Her advice: If you find a lump, go to the doctor ASAP. She advocates being proactive and always getting a second opinion.

Ms. Jones became very aware of hospital gowns during her experience. The current gowns, she noticed, are unflattering, cold and too revealing (especially for someone who has just undergone disfiguring surgery).

Branda decided to design and make her own hospital gowns, using brightly colored flannel. She ended up with a kimono look with sleeves. She wore the gown daily to her treatments. You can put the gowns on in bed and they hide mastectomy scars and bandages.

The gowns are available online but are not yet available in hospitals or doctor's offices. Her objective is for hospitals to purchase them so patients don't have to. She also sells matching blankets and pillows.