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Nurse: “I chose IU Health because I trust the oncology care”

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Nurse: “I chose IU Health because I trust the oncology care”

There are hospitals closer to her home, but when DaJuana Moore was diagnosed with breast cancer she chose the place she trusted most – IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

By IU Health Senior Journalist T.J. Banes,

As the minutes slowly tick by with each drip from the chemotherapy bag, DaJuana Moore relaxes at the hands of Michelle Bailey. A massage therapist with Simon Cancer Center’s CompleteLife Program, Bailey talks to Moore about the benefits of massage and healing.

Moore knows that the therapy - along with the cancer treatments - are part of holistic health. CompleteLife is a comprehensive therapy program that attends to the body, mind and spirit of the whole person. The services are available for patients and families of IU Health Simon Cancer Center and IU Health University Hospital.

In addition to massage therapy, the CompleteLife Program offers complimentary art, music therapy and yoga therapy along with cancer support groups.

Moore, 57, also knows that in addition to Bailey’s hands, there are many more attending to her care. Oncology nurses Stacey Ross and Elizabeth Welch happily pose for a picture with Moore, a resident of Danville, Ind.

“I was fine having surgery closer to home, but I knew my infusion needed to be at Simon Cancer Center. I know the doctors are world renown, and I also know the nurses are the best,” said Moore.

For 33 years, Moore has pursued her nursing career with IU Health. A native of Elkhart, Ind. Moore graduated from Concord High School. She started her career as a medical assistant and went on to obtain her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She started her career at Riley Hospital in NICU and also worked as a lactation consultant.

“There was a nursing shortage then so I had my job before I gradated. I knew I wanted to work in pediatrics when I toured Riley as a nursing student, ” said Moore. One of the highlights of her career was caring for a triplet. “He was in our unit for months and I got so close to the family. He’s now in his 20s,” said Moore, who keeps in touch with the mother through social media.

After 26 years, she was ready for a career change and began working in informatics at IU Health. “That’s the great thing about nursing, there are so many opportunities,” she said. In her current role she works as a nurse educator.

“I had many of these oncology nurses in my classes – the ones who stayed after class to make sure they had things just right. As a nurse I appreciate all the checks they do. It’s a comfort to me,” said Moore who is married to Brent Moore. They are the parents of two sons ages 23 and 26.

It was two days before Christmas when Moore discovered a mass in her right breast. She waited to tell her family until after the holiday. In January she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery at a hospital closer to home.

“I told my surgeon I wanted to be here for treatment because I trust the oncology care,” said Moore. Her physician is Dr. Kathy Miller. “I can tell you the day I came to IU Health after my surgery and I realized I still had tumors, I was down. Dr. Miller was very positive. She got me out of my funk and made me feel hopeful. I knew then this is where I needed to be.”



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