TUALATIN, Ore. (CIRCA via KATU) – A Tualatin High School freshman is on the road to recovery after doctors removed a nearly 25-pound tumor from his abdomen.
Kristion Kim was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but he’s determined to fight it.
The 15-year-old has spent more than two weeks at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital after doctors removed a nearly 25-pound tumor in his abdomen.
His mother, Staci, says that now he’s struggling to keep anything down.
“Our lives have completely changed since day one ever since we found out he had cancer,” she tells KATU News.
Last summer, Kristion was misdiagnosed with an eating disorder after losing nearly 40 pounds.
“I went into his room and he was sitting on his bed, leaning over and I could see his ribs and I said ‘there’s no way in hell.’ I said ‘you have something very wrong with you,” she recalls.
That’s when she demanded more tests and sought second opinions on what was ailing her son.
Doctor Nathalie Johnson with Legacy Health says having a friend or family member advocating for you can help your doctor understand your concerns.
Thankfully the tumor wasn’t attached, but it will be a long road to recovery.
“Honest to god, he’s the one keeping me going, because he’s been so strong,” said Staci.
The family is asking the community for help – and prayers. They have started a Facebook group where people can offer their support for Kristion.