I always struggle with how much personal information to share on the blog when it comes to our private lives. In my mind, there’s a balance between sharing too much and sharing just enough that I don’t feel like I’m hiding/ignoring something that impacts the part of my life that I do share here … my quilting, knitting, travels, and family updates.

I posted a couple weeks ago that I had surgery, a partial thyroidectomy — that pathology came back last week positive for cancer. I don’t plan to overshare here as I deal with all that means both medically and emotionally but I will post brief updates at times. The blog will stay focused on my quilting, knitting, travels, and family updates although I expect that the amount I accomplish in the sewing room may be less especially through the summer months – we’ll see how it goes.

Thyroid cancer is highly treatable and slow growing – both big positives and this is going to be something I have treated and then monitored on an ongoing basis. It’s not going to change much except in the short-term.

For now I’ll continue to heal and prepare for a second surgery in mid June. One thing I have learned through the process so far is it’s mostly about waiting …..

Because I’m used to writing about my life and having that record, I’m going to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and keep a small journal where I can make notes about appointments, results, and the more personal things that I wouldn’t want to share publicly. I hesitate to call it a cancer journal but I guess that’s what it is.


  1. I’m so sorry you have to go through this, Mary, and we will be with you every inch of the way as you slay the cancer dragon! Thank goodness for modern medicine which produces such good results. Onward and upward. Love to you all.

  2. Mary, You and your family are like a family to me. I appreciate that you share your photos and thoughts, family or crafts. I certainly hope that the outcome of your surgery is excellent. Get well and stay well.

  3. Thank you for sharing, I was wondering if you had received an answer yet. I am sorry that you will be going on this journey and as you know, many people will be praying for you. I have a number of friends who have experienced thyroid cancer and they all are cancer free after treatment. Hope this tidbit is comforting!

  4. I have three friends who have all gone through this diagnosis and treatment. They are ALL doing well. Let’s make you the fourth.

  5. If it had to be something, as you said, this one is eminently treatable. We will think good thoughts for you, it will be fine. We will hold you in our hearts. Pet Finn for me.

  6. Thanks for updating us all on your diagnosis. Sorry to hear that the diagnosis was not what you were hoping to hear .We are all here to encourage, support and pray for you along the way. Take one day at a time,slow and steady as needed.

  7. Thank you for sharing your test results. I’d been wondering and hoping that everything was ok. I’m glad that the cancer you have is treatable and slow growing. You have a lot of support from your family and from your blog friends. Your blog has been an inspiration to me and to many others. I am not a religious person, but I am sending warm thoughts and best wishes your way.

    On another note, I recently got a long arm and am learning to freemotion quilt. I know you’ve done some pantos and I have to say I hadn’t realized how difficult it is to follow the design with my laser dot. Looks like I am quilting with my feet….

  8. Prayers for a successful surgery and happy outcome. Do you read Jo Kramer’s blog, Jo’sCountry Junction. She had a similar diagnosis a year or two ago.

  9. Prayers for complete healing! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 You add so much happiness into many peoples lives through your blog, thank you!

  10. Prayers coming your way Mary. You are a strong positive person and will do fine in whatever treatment is chosen for you.

  11. Find strength in the beauty that surrounds you. Family and friends are always supportive and understanding when we are not 100%. Medical treatment for Thyroid Cancer and Thyroid issues have improved greatly over the years. Praying daily that you regain your strength and become healthier every day.

  12. Mary,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I, too, had thyroid cancer surgery five years ago and colon cancer surgery 15 years ago. One little pill daily is what I need after having my thyroid surgery – an easy, small price to pay for continued good health. I pray that this will be a small bump in the road for you and that this will all be behind you in no time.

  13. Dear Mary,
    I’ve been off the computer for a while, so I’m just seeing this now. Prayers for successful surgery and complete healing.

  14. I’m very behind on my blog reading and just read this post today. I had my thyroid removed five years ago and it was cancerous. I hope your doctor is recommending you do iodine radiation. And also that maybe your thyroid is going to be completely removed? As that is safest. Radioactive iodine is very easy to do – just one pill. Side effects are minor. As you said, thyroid cancer is very treatable and curable. Take care.

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