Sometimes a product is invented out of necessity, sometimes it's born out of passion and determination -- rarely, it's a combination of all three. That's precisely the case with Healing Threads, a company founded by three sisters, Peg, Patty and Claire.
When Peg reached out to tell us their story, we knew it was one worth sharing. The sisters were very close and shared a passion for creativity -- they were also determined to come up with a business that would allow them to spend more time together while creating something unique. But as the years passed, their lives grew busier and busier, and their dream remained unfulfilled.
Then, in August of 2002, Peg was diagnosed with Stage 3 Melanoma. Just six months later, Claire was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic colon cancer and given 6-12 months to live. These two events brought them closer than ever to each other's minds, bodies and spirits. They knew their dream could not wait and they set out to do something big.
They would call their business Healing Threads. Driven by the emotional impact of their diagnosis and treatment plans, they were determined to help people, particularly women, who were suffering through the same mental stress and physical treatments they were experiencing. Uncomfortable hours spent in hospital waiting rooms had shown the sisters -- Peg and Claire first hand, Patty as their champion and support system -- that the most odious and visible sign of illness was the dreaded hospital gown. And so, they developed a cure for the common hospital gown: four hospital gowns that restored dignity, modesty, style and personality to these otherwise impersonal garment.
The hospital gowns from Healing Threads have an ingenious arrangement of soft closures that allow the body parts that need to be exposed, to be exposed, while other parts remain covered to restore the patient's dignity, modesty, and sense of empowerment. It allows people to feel more like themselves and more comfortable. They offer 2 different pant styles as well making it feel like a designer hospital gown.
Peg has been cancer-free since her surgery in 2002, and she is grateful for each and every day. Unfortunately, despite 35 months of chemotherapy, holistic remedies and prayer, Claire lost her battle on January 31, 2006. She is missed by many, many people, especially her sisters and her daughter, Lilly, for whom one of the gowns is named.
Thank you, Peg, for sharing your story with us. We hope it will inspire others, just as Healing Threads provides comfort to so many.