PLANO, Texas – A 31-year-old cancer patient at Medical City Plano is turning her own cancer experience into a commitment to care for others. After being diagnosed with stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2016, Ashley Moore, a teacher, wife and mother of two, received treatment at Medical City Plano. So inspired was she by the compassionate care and lifesaving treatment, Moore is now training to become a nurse.
"I had contact with these nurses for a reason, and I just I had to follow that," Moore said. "I'm excited about being able to be on the other side of it and being able to say, 'Hey, I've been here. I've been in this room, and I felt a lot of love in this room, I hope you do, too.'"
Moore has shared her inspirational career change and the motivation behind it during public speaking events involving hospital leadership, students, the public and others. Nurses at Medical City Plano say they are honored to have helped a patient heal, while also unknowingly providing a new life’s purpose.
"I want to make a difference in people's lives, and to know that I have inspired someone in such a way for her to change her career path and want to be a nurse now, and to come here and want to work with us,” said Amanda Lewis, a registered nurse at Medical City Plano, “I mean, I think it's just awesome."
While Moore is in school, she is working at Medical City Plano as a trauma/orthopedic unit clerk, gaining experience in the medical field while studying it.