Two-Time Cancer Survivor Becomes Nurse At Hospital That Saved Her
A cancer diagnosis is a scary thing for a child, especially a child too young to have the understanding as to why he or she has to spend so much time in the hospital.
Nurses have the opportunity to bring comfort that parents can’t always bring, and sometimes leave a mark so penetrative that the sick children they treat fight their illnesses and grow up to be nurses as well.
That’s what happened in this story.
Montana Brown, a native to Atlanta, Georgia, was diagnosed with cancer at age two and then again at age 15. During her time of treatment, the staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta became her family.
When Montana found out she had cancer a second time, she told herself that when she beat it, she’d go to nursing school to become a nurse and bring comfort to children with cancer.
Montana graduated from Augusta University College of Nursing and went after that dream.
On September 18th–during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month–Montana got the call. She was going to be a pediatric nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in their Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
Montana wrote on Facebook, “As some of you may not know, today was my first official day at CHOA. Every time someone said ‘Welcome to Children’s!’ or I looked down at my badge and saw that CHOA logo, it brought tears to my eyes.”
The hospital publicly congratulated Montana, whose story has brought inspiration to so many lives after just one day of work.
Montana reflected on her first day and wrote, “I’m so overwhelmed with this amazing life that God has chosen to give me. Never in a million years did I think that at age 24 I would have achieved my biggest and wildest dream – to work at the hospital I was treated at as a child/teenager. It’s amazing and crazy and awesome and I’m SO excited to work for such an inspirational organization!!”
The post continues to go viral, with thousands of shares. With a story like this, we know that Montana will greatly impact all the lives she encounters.
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