Woman who survived cancer as a kid becomes nurse where she was treated

Cancer is not always something that brings inspiration to one’s life. A woman managed to survive cancer twice in her young life. At the age of 24, she was working as a nurse in the same hospital where she was treated. She managed to conquer a disease that has claimed so many. Additionally, she inspired a compassionate career in caring for others who are dealing with the same thing.

From patient to nurse
Montana Brown is a 24-year, two-time cancer survivor. Throughout her young life, she battled cancer twice. Both times she survived the disease and came out stronger. Now, she has started a career as a nurse. And, she took a job at the same hospital where she was treated. She has worked at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for two weeks. Now, Montana has told her survival story.

At just two years old, Montana was diagnosed with a cancer known as rhabdomyosarcoma. This is not a commonly diagnosed cancer that affects connective tissue. Her family decided that chemotherapy was her best path to survival. Subsequently, the cancer went into remission. However, this was not the end of the road for cancer. Thirteen years later, she came back. Montana was now 15 years old. This time, she was facing a year of chemotherapy treatments.

This meant that she would have to sacrifice a lot in her life in order to keep him. Doctors warned her that she would have to give up cheerleading, which she did competitively. Ella Montana told Today that she found it very difficult this time. Her parents had moved and she was attending a new high school.

She “she wanted to help people”
Regardless of her difficulties, Montana couldn’t help but notice how compassionate the nurses at her treatment center were. As a result, the nurses at the Aflac Cancer Center inspired her to become a nurse herself. She told TODAY how much she appreciates working in the same place where she was taken care of. In short, caring for the children the same way she was treated is her way of giving back. “It’s great to be in the place where I was treated. And to have an influence on the kids and be an inspiration to them,” she said.

“Around 10th or 11th grade, I started thinking about what to major in,” Montana told TODAY. “I knew I wanted to help people and I knew I wanted to use my story to help others and give them hope and inspiration. The more I thought about it, I knew that being a pediatric oncology nurse would be the best field for me.”

Aflac cancer center nurses
“After meeting Montana, learning her story and hearing her response to her own journey, we knew she would be the next best addition to our team. And it would enhance the care experience that we can offer our patients,” said Caroline Rooke. She is the hematology and oncology nurse manager at Aflac Cancer Center.

Montana went on to describe the compassion of the nurses to ABC news. First of all, she talked about how affectionate they were. Second, how she inspired her to become one. “The nurses here, as good as they were when I was two years old, from what my mother says, they were extremely loving, caring and compassionate. And the love they showed me and my family in our time of need really helped me. So it helped me want to be as kind, caring and compassionate as they were to me,” Montana said.