A woman lost twenty pounds, and by shedding the weight she saved her life.
Kim Turner lost 20 pounds, but she didn’t lose the weight the way people might expect. Doctors removed a 20 pound tumor from her body.
“I am feeling much better and so much lighter,” said Turner, a woman from Bloomington who was treated in Chicago. “I had no idea the way that I felt wasn’t normal. The red flag was that my belly kept getting bigger, even though I didn’t have an appetite.”
Turner returned to Chicago on Friday and shared her story at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she had surgery in August 2017. She spoke Friday afternoon, along with Dr. Ajay Maker, the surgical oncologist who performed the operation.
Turner’s story began three years ago, when her stomach started to grow. It was the first sign of trouble.
“I knew something was wrong,” she said.
At first, Turner through it was bad genetics. However, as the days passed, her appetite decreased. She could barely eat more than half a sandwich at once.
According to the medical center’s news release, she began to visit physicians, including Dr. Maker. The doctor solved the mystery by discovering a 20 pound tumor in her abdomen.
The operation to remove it took three and a half weeks to complete. The tumor was so large that surgical staff purchased a container from a local hardware store to transport the tumor, which was taken to the pathology department for further testing.
Eight months after the surgery, Turner was ready to talk about her experience.
“If there is anything I can share with others about my experience,” Turner said, “it’s to always follow your gut instinct.”