“Brave” was the perfect song for our submission because it describes what I see on a daily basis as a technologist in the Interventional Radiology Department at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Each day we care for patients who are the epitome of brave, fighting serious medical issues with the heart of a warrior. The chorus of the song, “I wanna see you be brave,” embodies our desire for them, and it certainly describes the love and support we see them receive from family members and close friends. We see our patients at their worst, crushed by the devastating and often confusing diagnoses they have just received. We comfort them. We assure them. We support them. We help them realize to dig deep down and to be brave in the battle that lies ahead. We tell them that we are here for them every step of the way. We also talk with family members and calm fears. We watch them cry. We cry with them.
I stumbled upon the Pink Glove Dance Contest by pure chance. I was looking for things for our Department to do for Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there it was. Over the past week, while discussing and filming the video, I have been touched by my co-workers’ enthusiasm. Their passion for what they do is matched only by the bravery of our patients. As we transition to a women and children’s hospital, and continue building a state of the art Breast Health Center of Excellence, we, too, are being brave, growing our defenses against cancer and striving to be the best in providing medical care and technology to fight the disease. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived, and lived well.” At Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, we do that every day. We do it by being the best. We do it with arms open, and hearts full. We do it by being brave.