Posted: Feb 23, 2012 8:06 PM by Nancy Chen
Updated: Feb 23, 2012 9:28 PM
Her positivity has inspired a lot of people on the Central Coast, and now Cayucos woman Jodi Fisher has made her national debut on the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show' Thursday.
Fisher, who turned 44 years old February 11, has inoperable cancer and has moved audiences with her positivity and optimism in the form of her bucket list, which included meeting President Barack Obama last Thursday.
It was a packed audience at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank when the show taped late Wednesday afternoon. Fisher had been told she would be a special guest of the show but didn't know for sure she'd be on it.
After the first commercial break, DeGeneres started off with an introduction of Fisher.
"Every day on this show, we try to make you all laugh, and we hope to inspire you to be happy, positive and kinder to each other," she said. "And sometimes, it's one of you who does this for me."
DeGeneres then introduced a segment on Fisher, including pictures with her family and video of her handing out free ice cream on her birthday. Fisher also talked about why going on the ‘Ellen' show was part of her bucket list.
"I think the experience would be great," she said in the pre-taped segment. "I know it would mean a ton to my kids. It could be something that would really just recharge us. Cancer has its ups and downs, and so sometimes you just need that little boost or something to look forward to. So I'd be really grateful to see her, and I think it'd give us that energy that we need to just keep going."
DeGeneres herself got emotional during the story before beckoning Fisher to join her on stage to a standing ovation from the audience.
"You're truly inspirational because you've been going through chemo for the last 18 months," DeGeneres told her. "And you're still smiling, and you just have such a light in your eyes."
Fisher's husband Shawn and two children, 11-year-old Callie and 9-year-old Jonah, also made it to center stage--and the surprises kept coming.
"I love my friends at Sara Lee," DeGeneres told her. "They heard about your story, and they jumped at the opportunity to help. They're going to give you a $30,000 check towards putting to your kids' education."
Fisher's story also captured the attention of DeGeneres' next guest, Jennifer Aniston.
"That last segment, I'm like, oh my God," Aniston said. "This Jodi. I mean, beautiful... beautiful woman."
Aniston then blew Fisher a kiss.
But it hasn't been all good news since meeting President Obama.
"I'm physically getting pretty tired," Fisher told KSBY News backstage. "I spent a couple trips to the ER in between. But I was determined."
The big question though--if this could possibly top hugging President Obama.
"Ellen definitely has the big fun factor," she said. "But you know, I could still hang out with Obama, have a beer. I'm sure we could have lots of fun."
DeGeneres also tweeted about Fisher on Thursday.
"I was thrilled to help Jodi Fisher complete her 'fun list' on my show," she wrote. "I am in awe of her strength and her spirit."
Likewise, her Facebook post about Fisher had garnered more than 4,000 likes and more than 400 comments by Thursday evening.
To watch Fisher's post-show interview with KSBY News in her green room, click here.
To watch the Fisher's full appearance on 'Ellen', click here.
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