TikTok star Ben Grosskopf reveals battle with cancer in emotional video with fans as support pours in for the teen
TIKTOKER Ben Grosskopf has revealed his battle with cancer in an emotional video as fans and friends show their support for the teenager.
Ben is only 14 years old and has amassed 1.4 million followers on his TikTok account where he documents his life.
While most of his videos are light-hearted, showing him dancing in Times Square or swimming in Costa Rica, his latest video is more somber.
He starts the video on a hospital bed, telling his fans they’re going to “talk a little”.
“This really isn’t a fun, happy video, and anyone who has my illness knows it’s not really fun to share,” Ben says as tears come to his eyes.
Ben explained that he waited to record this video until all his family and friends knew about his condition.
“Okay, I’ll rip the band-aid off — I have cancer,” Ben revealed.
However, he later claimed in the video that it is not currently life-threatening.
He said he has had some time to process as he has known about his condition for a few days.
“If you’ve been following my TikToks for a while, you might know I’ve been in and out of the hospital, kinda like testing what I’ve got,” Ben said.
Ben told fans he has lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in cells that are part of the body’s immune system, according to the American Cancer Society.
He explained that lymphoma has three stages – A, B and C, which are progressively more difficult to treat.
Ben revealed he has stage B, which he says is the “most popular”.
“I’m very thankful I haven’t had bone marrow cancer yet because that would have meant another two months of chemotherapy,” he said.
“But that still means a good four months of chemo,” Ben explained.
The TikTok star said his treatment course “might be shorter or longer than expected depending on how my body reacts to it as it’s a very intense form of treatment.”
Ben said that while he expects his hair to fall out, he will try a cold cap to hopefully prevent it.
A cold cap is “something that cuts off blood flow to the head, but really all the doctors say I shouldn’t expect results that high from it.”
“But I will pray it works,” he said.
Ben continued, “Even though most people have told me that using a cooling cap won’t stop most of my hair falling out, I still want to give it a try because there were a few people who were told that but then scored they amazing results.”
“Not that my hair is the most important thing right now, but it’s the only thing that matters to me because I’m not going to die.”
He added that chemotherapy has many side effects, making it “hard to get through everyday life.”
Ben also explained that he was transferred from a hospital in New York to one in his hometown of Toronto in Canada because he doesn’t have health insurance in the US and he can’t go to school or see many of his friends in New York.
“And who knows, maybe I’ll recover super fast and be able to go back to New York and start school again.”
He ended his video by telling his fans that he loves them and will keep them updated every step of the way.
Words of love and support flowed into Ben’s comments section.
“My jaw dropped when he said cancer hope you’re ok Ben,” wrote one fan.
Another said: “Ben oh my god. Prayers to you and your family. You will defeat lymphoma! Send love’ with heart emojis.
“My dad had lymphoma and he used a cold cap that worked for him! Here for you Ben,” commented a third fan.
Other influencers also sent Ben some kind words.
“I send my love,” Spencer Barbosa said. To which Ben responded with a heart symbol.
Benji Krol wrote “Wish you all the best, you got this” with a heart symbol.
“Get well soon,” said Grandma Droniak.
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