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Her Place is an eclectic collective of women from all walks of life from all over the world.

Ordinary women, extraordinary beings.  

Her experiences, both past and present, continue to show a Lady of courage, perseverance and optimism.  It is an honor to feature her, as she shares with Her Place the journey of her life, and her determination to make the most of every moment, regardless of the challenges she is facing personally.


January- Mindy Merrill

Everything started about 5 years ago. I was sick and I was diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroid disease. 

A few years later I lost my health insurance. The cost of bloodwork every three months and follow up appointments was too expensive to maintain and I stopped taking my medication. after that I had to stop taking the medication. Stopping the medication may have been a good thing . 

 Not long after that, I started feeling really off and so tired. I went back to the doctor and had new bloodwork done. The result was the disease had gotten worse, causing alot of scar tissue and swelling in my thyroid.  

When it didn't get better (what did they do to try and make you better at first?)they decided to do an ultrasound.  

The ultrasound showed some concerning areas. 
The following month I went for a biopsy, and the results were highly suspicious cells. 

The doctors advised me that my best bet was to have a total thyroidectomy. So in March, 2019 I had my thyroid removed. 

They discovered I had 5 cancer masses, all still 1.2cm and smaller. Thankfully the cancer has not metastasized.  

March 26, 2019 I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid carcinoma. 
 
Things have certainly been an adjustment .
 
And it's not over.  
   
I had a radioactive iodine treatment/scan in November and the findings confirmed leftover cells . 
 
Soon I will have another ultrasound and it will be determined if another treatment is needed . 
   
Thankfully it is a slow growing cancer but it doesn't stop the worry and the knowing it is not gone. 

When people think of thyroid cancer, they may believe it is a better cancer to have, as far as cancer goes. After all, it is removed with surgery it's gone, then it is over. Though that it's not the case. In my situation the cancer was not fully eradicated. With every ultrasound, scan, or tumor marker blood work, there is worry it will get worse. Every follow up appointment there is stress another mass will be there, the cells have grown. 

No matter how simple the form of it may be, hearing you have any form of cancer is never easy. It is challenging for everyone in the family. Minds race, feelings flood out. Fear, sadness, anger, pride lost. Courage like one could never Imagine. It effects everyone . 

I am a single mom of two boys, 16 and 18. I will always be a afraid that my boys may someday have to be without their mother. 

I am still in the follow up stages , with continual ultrasounds to check on the cells left behind.  

I hope my story can impress on others how important it is to listen to our bodies. Pay attention when we feel run down. Take the time to get regular check ups.

Its been a difficult year being diagnosed with cancer, the surgery, follow up appointments ultrasounds, blood work, radioactive scans, emotions and it still continues. However, the love , support and kindness of my family and friends have helped me keep it together and realize hoe fortunate I am to not have had to face this alone. 

  I love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I got this and not just for me but for all of you ♡

As difficult as it has been, I have faith, and we will conquer this battle! It wont be easy , though in the end, through this ordeal, my family will be closer than ever.”

December-Nicole Dube

I've been an artist my whole life. While I am fond of pastels, painting, pottery, photography, and doodling; crafting my wire trees is the medium I’ve been searching for. �
I work full time in the insurance industry and hope to be a full time artist someday. If I'm not creating, you can find me moon-gazing, adventuring outside, hanging out with my cats or watching movies with my wonderful husband.�
The moon has a huge influence on me and my creative energy. Through this lunar inspiration, all my trees are handmade with an immense amount of passion. I create each one with love and care in combination with semi-precious gems as well as sand and sea stones which are hand gathered from the beautiful beaches of outer Cape Cod~one of my favorite places! 

Please have fun browsing my gallery on Etsy and keep in mind that I can also do custom orders. Email me with any questions and we can chat.”

MoontreesByNicky.Etsy.Com

November- Mary Ann Donnarumma 

Born in the Bronx and raised upstate NY, Mary Ann was raised in a close knit family. After leaving high school, which her mother encouraged her to complete, she went on to work for an extended warranty company working her way up to become a department manager. 

After years of working for a company that didn't respect the gift of the help they had, Mary Ann went to work for her mother, as a bookkeeper. Her mother trained her, and she has remained a bookkeeper for 21 yrs. Today she works was a property manager.

Mary Ann spent the first half of her adult life married, and had two children, both now adults, with her husband. Mary Ann describes her wedding day as one of the happiest days of her life, though, as sometimes happens, her marriage became strained, eventually she made the decision to move away and start a new phase of her life.


To help cope with her divorce, Mary Ann began working out, and found she had a passion for Kettlebells. The focus Helped her get through the worst of times, and became part of her daily regimen.

Though she was physically active and took care of herself, during the winter of 2012 she became ill, and did not know what was wrong. Not even able to climb her stairs without lying down to rest, she spent most of the winter on her couch.  

Finally, she went to her doctor, and was diagnosed severely anemic. Mary Ann went on iron pills to regulate her blood levels, which helped. Though spring of 2013, Mary Ann's Dr suggested she have a hysterectomy. Though Mary Ann's family has a history of uterine and Colon cancer, Mary Ann refused, believing that family history would bypass her. Mary Ann was soon to find out this decision could cost her her life.

Her sister made the decision to go through with a hysterectomy, and after seeing the results, Mary Ann rethought her decision and made the decision to go through with it herself.

Unfortunately, after having a series of tests done, the Dr confirmed she was positive for cancer. 

Originally diagnoses with stage one cancer, her Dr felt optimistic and referred her to an oncologist. In the three weeks between the appointments, her cancer had spread to the uterine muscle. She was misdiagnosed and the cancer was at stage 3.

Her Dr performed the surgery, which had complications from the get go, and during the surgery her Colon was cut, and a nerve was bruised near her Lymph node, leaving her limited mobility in her leg. They discovered that the cancer had continued to spread aggressively, moved into stage two and into her left fallibian tube. Had she not gone back after seeing her sisters results from her hysterectomy, she would surely be dead at the aggressive rate the cancer spread.

Her battle against cancer is far from over, and much is still unknown, though recently Mary Ann's dr told her that she now needs aggressive treatment for her disease. Her decision to move forward with treatment was been made, and with the help of her dr's and the emotional support from her family and friends, she continued to seek the treatments she needed to put her cancer in remission.  Today, it has been four years since her last treatment. Today she is cancer free.

Mary Ann is an inspiration to those that know her. As she continues to fight a battle many cannot conceive, 

She shares her heart with others, that they can too persevere and overcome, even when facing such life threatening challenges. 

"I learned so much from being sick. I took everything for granted. I see things so differently today. 

I would tell everyone who would listen that life is amazing and worth fighting for. No matter what comes your way, good or bad, it is beautiful! I would also say, please listen when your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. That is a mistake I am now paying for.

Love everyone.Kiss you kids, your family and your friends. I always told my children over and over how much I love them, and now I do it even more. I don't want to die with regrets.

As for how I feel about what I am faced? I am not afraid to die. I know for sure that there is more than this. That being said, I am not ready to die. I feel like I didn't get it right yet in the relationship department and I would like a chance at a happy relationship. Also, I am not ready to leave my children and my family."

Mary Ann continues to find inspiration through her family and friends, as well as through some of her favorite writers.  Her love for Life and her willingness to open her heart to help others find strength and inspiration is one to emulated. ~

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