By Mike Cherry - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kelly Majam was the catalyst for the Rainbow Wahine's run through the NCAA last season.
But Tuesday, she revealed that her biggest opponent during that time didn't come on the field, but within herself as she battled thyroid cancer.
Kelly Majam is known for setting new standards. But back in June the Rainbow Wahine slugger who broke Hawaii's single season homerun record didn't realize a small discomfort she experienced during the WAC Tournament could have been life threatening.
"When I swallowed I felt a block in my throat so I told our trainer Eric and he had said to wait until after we were done (with the WAC tournament) and to go see a doctor."
So Kelly did. And she heard the one word patients fear most -- cancer. Majam's thyroid had become swollen and needed to be operated on. Now, three weeks after surgery all that remains is a scar.
"The doctor says that he got all of the cancer that was on my thyroid and we're also going to do radiation treatment which involves me taking a radiation pill. And then staying in the hospital for 2-3 days after in isolation without seeing anyone so I don't make them radioactive."
There are currently more than 400-thousand thyroid cancer survivors in the united states. More than 15-hundred die every year from the disease. Majam says her family and her faith have allowed her to move on with her everyday life.
"I'm a positive person anyways and I try to have a positive outlook on life. I praise God through all of it and I know he has a plan through everything. This is just one of those things that happens."
Rainbow head coach Bob Coolen added, "I knew of her faith coming into this program and it was something that she embraces and it's how she's going to handle this whole endevor. nothing's going to break her faith."
And it seems like nothing will keep her away from the field either. The WAC's reigning freshman of the year says she plans on returning for next season as soon as possible.
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