Sectionals: My #WeGetUp Story

by Mary on November 15, 2019

I finally got the link to my video from Sectionals and put it online. I’m really glad I was able to take part in Sectionals this year. I’ve been holding back on sharing about my health on here, but the result has been that I haven’t written anything. So here goes. I found out last fall that I had a rare disease called acromegaly. It explains why I’ve had so many joint problems over the years and have needed so much PT and surgery. 

I had surgery for it— brain surgery— in January at UCSF. Amazingly, I was only off of skating for a month. They go through your nose so it can be a surprisingly fast recovery. 

I had my six-week post-op visit for my surgery at USCF and skated in Sectionals the next day! That’s my #wegetup story. 

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Jo November 15, 2019 at 8:34 pm

Mary, I so enjoyed watching your program. You looked so poised and confident (and had such lovely transitions) that’s it’s hard to believe that you just had this major surgery. I hope that you are feeling back to normal, and that the procedure works. What a year it’s been, huh? You do adult skating proud! Bravo!


Mary November 15, 2019 at 8:56 pm

Thank you Jo! Yes it has been a crazy ride. So many things improving, while still also discovering ways that the disease damaged me. I am in remission with great odds of staying there. You were right onto reading my post! I have now added a link to my UCSF team and my amazing neurosurgeon. He’s really something, 85% of his patients leave the hospital the next day and they do very well.


George A December 11, 2019 at 11:08 pm

Mary–that’s quite a story. Glad to see you back on the ice!


Mary December 21, 2019 at 6:57 am

Well, now we have something else in common besides our skating. I think I got a better deal than you on the surgery— no craniotomy.


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