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Share Your Story: Kenn Edwards

January 11, 2022

Share Your Story: Kenn Edwards

Kenn Edwards lives in rural Utah with his father. Kenn was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in October 2020. To remove the cancer, Kenn had twenty percent of his tongue removed as well as lymph nodes in his neck. Approximately three months later Kenn’s father was diagnosed with melanoma.

  • 00:35: Kenn was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in October 2020. 
  • 02:55: It got inflamed and I thought if this doesn’t go down in like two weeks, I’m going to go see a doctor. 
  • 05:57: I had zero idea how to answer people’s questions.  
  • 08:02: In my surgery, they took out 20% of my tongue. 
  • 10:58: By the time he made it to the doctor, it was protruding.  
  • 13:03: He’ll have to have plastic surgery after.  
  • 15:30: They would have taken almost the whole top of his head off, so it would have been super invasive.  
  • 18:15: I kind of forgot the emotional part, taking time to just sit. 
  • 21:56: I do not try and self-diagnose because I feel like for me that just leads to me spinning out. 
  • 24:04: I didn’t realize how important it was to me to be able to use my voice.  
  • 24:53: What was your worst moment? 
  • 26:22: What was your best moment?  
  • 27:52: What is one thing you wish you had known at the very beginning of your cancer journey?  
  • 29:14: If you could only do one thing, just one to improve health care in the US, what would it be and why? 
  • 32:30: I think it started with a donor.  
  • 36:46: Thriver Rapid Fire Questions  
  • 39:03: Aside from Cancer U, what’s one resource that you would recommend for cancer patients and caregivers?  

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