Rainbow Wahine softball center fielder Kelly Majam was diagnosed with thyroid cancer this past summer following the team’s run in the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
The sophomore All-American underwent successful surgery three weeks ago and is expected to participate during fall practices with the softball team.
“I’ve been recovering really well,” Majam said.
On July 19, she was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma and on July 27, she underwent surgery and her entire thyroid was removed. Another biopsy was done and confirmed the mass was cancerous.
A 1.6 cm lump was removed and it was determined that the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes.
During the winter break, Majam will undergo iodine radiation treatment in her hometown Pine Valley, Calif.
She has started taking a thyroid replacement pill that she will have to take for the rest of her life.
When asked what kept her going, Majam pointed towards her faith.
“I get my strength in the Lord and I know He’s with me through all this,” Majam said. “This definitely was a testing point for me and my family, but He was with us through all of it and he definitely is with me now.”
Majam had a standout freshman season for the ’Bowsas she helped the program to its first appearance in the WCWS in June. She led the nation with 30 homeruns and started all 66 games.