Mary Murphy to Life & Style: I'm cancer-free!

_1-new-Mary-Murphy.gifMary Murphy reveals to Life & Style that she has beaten thyroid cancer.

On Feb. 17, the So You Think You Can Dance judge, famous for her
ear-piercing shrieks and infectious enthusiasm, received the good news that she is in the clear. "I just wanted to kiss my doctor!" Mary exclusively tells Life & Style. "I definitely feel like there's an angel on my shoulder. I feel like somebody's looking out for me."

Doctors discovered a tumor on Mary's thyroid three years ago, but it wasn't until Dec. 15, 2010 that the lively champion ballroom dancer underwent surgery to remove it.

"I'm very grateful because I'm so upset at myself that I didn't go in earlier," says Mary, 52, about being so consumed with SYTYCD that she wasn't paying enough attention to the tumor. "They told me that the tumor had to come out and there's a chance I might not be able to talk again. Outside of the word 'cancer', I really couldn't imagine my life without hearing myself laugh."

But the surgery was a success and now, nearly three months later, Mary is healthy, working on regaining her famous scream and -- after leaving the show last season -- returning to SYTYCD, which resumes this summer on Fox. "I've always had a pretty good attitude, but now I don't take things for granted as much," Mary tells Life & Style. "I've had a major roller coaster of a life, for sure. But my roller coaster keeps going up and down. I just want to thank all my friends and family and my fans."

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