U.S. Olympic figure skater Maia Shibutani reveals she has a tumor on her kidney

U.S. Olympic figure skater Maia Shibutani revealed Monday on Instagram that doctors have found a tumor on her kidney.

Shibutani broke the news alongside a photo of her in a hospital bed.

 

"It's been a really tough week," she began. "Back in October, I got sick and had to go to the ER while I was in New York. It ended up being a stomach virus, but they ran some tests that showed an abnormality - it was recommended that I have a follow-up appointment to take a closer look. After an MRI earlier this week in LA, I was told that I had a small mass on one of my kidneys."

Shibutani, 25, said the development has stunned her and she's already begun treatment.

"Receiving this news has been incredibly shocking and difficult to handle. I've been so scared, but I have had the full support of my family, doctors, and nurses," she wrote. "I had surgery yesterday to remove the tumor. The surgery was successful and I was able to keep the rest of my kidney.

"I am in recovery at the hospital and have been in a lot of pain post-surgery, but I am grateful. My doctor said there is a 60/40 chance that the tumor was malignant versus benign (we will know soon), but I am young, healthy, and feel fortunate that this was detected so early."

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PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 13: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani compete in the Ice Dance Short Dance during Skate America at Rose Garden Arena on November 13, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 14: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani compete in the Ice Dance Free Dance during Skate America at Rose Garden Arena on November 14, 2010 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, NC - JANUARY 28: Maia and Alex Shibutani compete in the Championship Dance Short Dance during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the Greensboro Coliseum on January 28, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - FEBRUARY 20: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the USA skate in the Gala Exhibition during day four of the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Taipei Arena on February 20, 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
US Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani celebrate after the results of their free dance program in the ice dance category during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on April 30, 2011 in Moscow. US Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani finished third. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of USA wait for the results after their free dance program in the ice dance category during day seven of the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships at Megasport Ice Rink on April 30, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of USA pose on the ice rink after winning of the ice dance category of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Megasport Ice Rink on April 30, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - FEBRUARY 12: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani compete the Free Dance during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at World Arena on February 12, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NE - JANUARY 25: Maia and Alex Shibutani compete in the Short Dance during the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at CenturyLink Center on January 25, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NE - JANUARY 26: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani compete in the Pairs Free Dance during the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at CenturyLink Center on January 26, 2013 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States perform their free dance at Skate America 2013 in Detroit, Michigan, October 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 24: Figure skaters Maia and Alex Shibutani pose for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot on April 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 11: Maia Shibutani and her partner Alex Shibutani after performing during the 2014 US Figure Skating Championship held at TD Garden. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18: U.S. Olympians Alex and Maia Shibutani visit the USA House in the Olympic Village on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for USOC)
SAITAMA, JAPAN - MARCH 30: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of USA perform their routine in the exhibition during ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena on March 30, 2014 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
LETHBRIDGE, AB - OCTOBER 31: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutan of the United States skate off the ice after skating in the Ice Dance Free Dance on day two of Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, October, 31, 2015 at ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 30: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States compete during Day 3 of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 at TD Garden on March 30, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 10: US National Ice Dance Champions Maia and Alex Shibutani arrive at the CASA Of Los Angeles' 2016 Evening To Foster Dreams Gala at the Beverly Hills Hilton on May 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
BOSTON - APRIL 3: Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani from the United States perform during the Exhibition of Champions at the World Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden in Boston on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 19: First place winner Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of United States pose on the podium during the medals ceremony of the Ice Dance Free Dance on day two of Audi Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016 at Beijing Capital Gymnasium on November 19, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
US Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani compete in the Senior Ice Dance free program at the ISU Grand Prix of figure skating Final, on December 10, 2016 in Marseille, southern France. / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the US pose with their national flag after placing third in the Ice Dance / Free Dance event at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland on April 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 28: Ice dancers Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani pose for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 28, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 21: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States react at the kiss and cry in the Ice Dance Free Dance during day two of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Rostelecom Cup at Ice Palace Megasport on October 21, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
LAKE PLACID, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States perform in the Ice Dance Free Dance program on Day 3 of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating at Herb Brooks Arena on November 26, 2017 in Lake Placid, United States. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07: Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani skate in the Smucker's Skating Spectacular during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Shibutani skates with her older brother, Alex. They are known as the "Shib Sibs" and won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. They also helped Team USA win a bronze medal.

Despite all that's happened, Shibutani, a two-time U.S. national champion, remains optimistic.

"While this is deeply personal news, I don't want rumors to spread, or for anyone to worry in case people say they saw me at the hospital. (Next time, just say "hi") I am going to try and stay positive and focus on my recovery," she wrote. "I appreciate all of the support and good vibes sent my way. My fingers are crossed, too.

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