The 24-year-old and two-time childhood cancer survivor Montana Brown from Atlanta joined the hospital in Atlanta, Georgia as a staff nurse this week.
She started working in AFLAC Cancer Center this week. However, she is not a new nurse, she had received a medical care from AFLAC Cancer Center and was a former patient in the hospital.
At the age of 2, she was diagnosed with a rare kind of childhood cancer — Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) that develops from the connective tissues in the body. Brown underwent a chemotherapy at the AFLAC Cancer Center for about a year. During that time her parents tried to give her a normal life that included watching movies when Brown was in the hospital.
Brown had been active in gymnastics and cheerleading for several years while she was in high school. At the end of her freshman year, her family got to know the shocking news: She was 15-year-old at that time and she had childhood cancer again.
Brown said, “I had just tried out for my high school cheerleading team.” She added, “I actually ran a mile while I had cancer and had no idea. … There weren’t symptoms but my mom and dad could tell that something was different about me and they knew that something was a little off.”
She underwent the chemotherapy again, Brown went to the hospital every week, she said. Doctors told her that she’d have to stop competitive gymnastics and competitive cheerleading.
“The nurses here, as great as they were when I was 2 — from what my mom says — they were extremely loving and caring and compassionate. And, just the love they showed me and my family in our time of need just really helped me,” Brown said. “It helped me want to become as kind and as caring and as compassionate as they were for me.”