In August 2017, Hurt resident Kevin Johnson noticed he had a lump on the side of his neck. On Halloween of that year, he went to his primary care physician, who sent him to get imaging done. After a biopsy of two enlarged lymph nodes, Johnson was diagnosed with stage four squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil.
Over the next two months, Johnson, an avid hunter and fisher, went to see five different doctors, including a dentist in Roanoke for special mouth guards. He started his treatments, which included 35 rounds of radiation and seven rounds of chemo in seven weeks.
Read how this cancer survivor got back in the hunt, and how his diagnosis changed his life in this week's edition of the Star-Tribune.