Sometimes a story just makes you feel good. The kind of good where you smile through tears and for a moment believe that things are going to be alright. This is one of those stories.
This is Montana Brown. Here she's excitedly showing off her new work ID.
Montana just started a job at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, aka CHOA, as a nurse in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. This is the job she’s always dreamed of. The only job she ever wanted. But it’s not her first time at the cancer center.
As a child, Montana was a patient at CHOA. Twice.
At age 2, she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer of the connective tissue. Montana underwent chemotherapy and spent a year in and out of the Atlanta hospital. She was too young to really remember the wonderful care she received from the nursing staff, but her parents remember it well.
Years later, at the age of 15, Montana’s cancer returned and she returned to CHOA. This time, the nurses left an indelible impression.
As a teenager going in for weekly chemotherapy treatments, Montana was treated with kindness, compassion, and care by the nursing staff. This set her on a path she's just now finally realizing.
She decided that she wanted to do for others what those nurses had done for her. She wanted to be able to help children feel comfortable, cared for, less afraid. She so appreciated what the staff did for her that she wanted to pay it forward.
As a survivor, pediatric cancer has always been a cause near and dear to Montana's heart.
Montana recognizes that she’s in the unique position to understand her patients on another level. And to give them hope. “I really wanted to be that person where when I said, ‘Hey, I totally understand. This is where I was. This is where I am now.’ That me and my patients would form a bond,” she explains.
Her story is one of survival (twice) and realizing dreams. What's not to love?
Montana’s story is spreading far and wide. And why not? It has all the hallmarks of a feel-good human interest story, and we need as many of those as we can get!