No Tongue and Grateful

Cynthia Zamora, Oral Cancer Sur-Thriver

Good thing she bit her tongue. She was resistant to seeing a doctor, but when it didn’t heal, she went. A squamous cell carcinoma more than 1/2 of her tongue. Were there other symptoms? Did she ever have pain in her tongue? Pain is the most common sign of oral cancer.

Despite having most of her tongue reconstructed from her leg, she is thriving. Hear her voice on this video. Read her story. Thank you Cynthia and UC San Diego Health for sharing her story.

Her speech pathologist Liza Blumenfeld said:
“There are patients that come into your life and you are blown away by their strength of character, humor and their willingness to fight.”

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