GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A young mother in Grand Rapids who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer is documenting her journey online in a very unique way.
It’s only been a few weeks since her diagnosis, and she’s already created a Facebook page to document her battle, hoping it will inspire others going through the same thing.
“He eventually had me sit in his chair and then he just came out with it and said, ‘I think this is pretty serious. I think you have two forms of breast cancer,'” said Tammy Myers.
Tammy Myers, 33, said that after feeling a lump on her breast last month, she decided to make a doctor’s appointment. After several tests, she was given the answer she feared most that she did in fact have cancer.
“I would like for 2015 to be the bad year and good things to come in 2016,” said Myers. “Obviously I have a two year old, so I’m not planing on going anywhere soon.”
Focusing on a positive outlet, Myers created a Facebook page, posting pictures on hospital beds, and bringing to light the experiences so many women go through when diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Everything from finding the lump to the first appointment, the second appointment, the biopsies. The doctors and nurses I’ve connected with,” said Myers.
Without a history of cancer in her family, and at just 33-years-old, Myers said that she’s keeping up a brave face to stay positive for her 2-year-old daughter and husband.
“If I’m able to be strong right now, maybe I could help somebody else, and that helps me,” said Myers.
Knowing she had a long journey ahead of her that will include chemo and radiation therapies, Myers said that she is going to continue to post her journey online for the world to see.
“I can walk around right now, and I can do myself up like I’m totally normal and healthy and no one knows what’s going on, unless I tell them. But, the second I lose my hair, and I walk into a hospital or a restaurant or bookstore, people know and they look at you differently,” said Myers.
Her online posts are already getting attention, with people she’s never met reaching out to her, letting her know how grateful they are that she’s embracing her own struggle.
“They are saying things like I was diagnosed two years ago, and I wish I would have had the courage to do what you are doing. You are such an inspiration,” said Myers.
Myers also said that her doctors and nurses at Spectrum Health have truly become her friends over the past month, and that she couldn’t be more thankful for their support.
Also, as a professional photographer herself, Myers plans to take photos at this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure this September in Grand Rapids.