West MI breast cancer patient headed to Ellen Show, one year after diagnosis

Posted at 11:57 PM, Feb 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 00:06:20-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- February 16, 2015 was the scariest day of Tammy Myers' life. February 16, 2016 will be one of the best. On the one year anniversary of her breast cancer diagnosis, the young mother will be sitting in the audience during a live taping of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, California.

"It just seems kind of meant to be," Myers told FOX 17 News. "I'm just happy that I'll be sitting in her presence that day."

FOX 17 first featured Myers, a professional photographer, last March after she launched a Facebook page to document her breast cancer journey, called "My personal pink time".

For Myers, 2015 was filled with chemotherapy, radiation, and the first of several needed reconstructive surgeries. Oftentimes, watching Ellen provided a much needed laugh to get her mind off the treatment.

When January 1st rolled around, she set a fun goal to look forward to, as she continued to fight for her health in 2016.

"It just hit me... if I could do anything, I would want to go to the Ellen show, with [my friend Vicki] and kind of pull both of our journeys with breast cancer full

Myers met Vicki Freer five years earlier, while working to get Freer on the Ellen show to share her breast cancer journey. Freer's story was never picked up by the talk show, but the two struck up a close friendship.

Freer has continued to be a source of support as her friend now battles the same disease.

Myers put in the request for tickets to be a part of Ellen's live audience and was notified a few weeks ago that she and Freer both had a seat for the upcoming show on February 16th . Not only was Myers in shock that she'd snagged tickets to meet one of her idols, she was even more stunned by the date.

"My whole body went numb," she said. "It just seems like the stars are aligning and we're supposed to be there."

A family friend and former teacher of Myers has created a video plea on YouTube, asking Ellen to meet and at least take a "selfie" with the women.

Myers isn't sure how she would react if she does get the chance to meet the star.

"I'd probably be speechless," she joked.

Myers said she will have to continue to undergo reconstructive surgeries, most recently having her tubes and ovaries removed.

Visiting Ellen's show will hopefully provide and extra boost to continue fighting.

"I feel like I am just as positive and determined as I was in the beginning now," Myers told FOX 17 News. "I can't dance, so that part scares me," she laughed. "But
I love the show."