Cancer is a bitch, everyone knows that. 24 year old Montana Brown knows it, having been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the connective tissue not once, but twice as a child.
The first shock came when she was just 2 years old. Her parents took her to AFLAC Cancer Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where after a year of chemotherapy she was thankfully in remission. She went on to have a normal and happy childhood until the next seismic event – the cancer returned when she was 15.
She went back again to AFLAC for more chemotherapy, and again came out on top. It was these difficult battles that she fought and survived that inspired her to become a nurse. “The nurses here were extremely loving and caring and compassionate. The love they showed me and my family in our time of need just really helped me,” she told ABC news. “It helped me want to become as kind and as caring and as compassionate as they were for me.”
Now the shoe is on the other foot, and it is Montana that is working as a nurse. She believes that her difficult personal experiences with cancer can help her create a special empathetic bond with children battling cancer, becoming a source of hope and inspiration for them. “I really wanted to be that person that can say hey, I totally understand. This is where I was. This is where I am now.”
As well as her empathy, expertise and experience Montana brings with her a ton of enthusiasm to her new job. “Never in a million years did I think that at the age of 24 I would have achieved my biggest and wildest dream – to work at the hospital I was treated at as a child/teenager,” she writes on a Facebook post. “It’s amazing and crazy and awesome and I’m SO excited to work for such an inspirational organization!!
More info: AFLAC Cancer Center