Reporter Learns She Has Cancer After Viewer Spots Lump During Broadcast

July 24, 2020

    A Florida broadcaster will be forever grateful to one observant viewer that may have saved her life with a simple email.

    Victoria Price, an investigative journalist at WFLA News in Tampa Bay, Florida, took to Twitter to share her story.

    A viewer recently messaged her to bring a lump on her throat to her attention and because of it, Price discovered she had cancer.

    "'8 on Your Side' isn't just a catchphrase at WFLA. It's our cornerstone. But the roles recently reversed when I found a viewer on MY side, and I couldn't be more grateful," Price wrote.

    Price admitted that due to the ongoing coronavirus news coverage, she didn’t prioritize her own health.

    "As a journalist, it's been full throttle since the pandemic began. Never-ending shifts in a never-ending news cycle," Price continued. "Adjusting to remote workflows and in my case, taking on a new investigative role. We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the farthest thing from my mind,” she explained.

    Price said all of that changed when a viewer sent in an email last month telling her that they noticed a lump on her neck.

    She “said it reminded her of her own. Hers was cancer,” Price explained, adding, “turns out, mine is too.”

    When Price got the lump looked at, the doctor confirmed it was a “subtle protrusion.”

    In a separate tweet, Price posted the screenshot that caught the viewer’s attention and said that the doctor “explained that the tumor is in the middle of my thyroid, pushing the glands up and out.”

    Despite some delays due to COVID, Price said she is having surgery to remove the tumor and some lymph nodes on Monday. Currently, chemotherapy is not in the cards, she said.

    "Doctor says it's spreading, but not too much, and we're hopeful this will be my first and last procedure," she said explaining that had it not been for the email from the viewer, she would never have gotten it checked out and it would have “continued to spread.”

    "I will forever be grateful to the woman who went out of her way to email me, a total stranger. She had zero obligation to, but she did anyway. Talk about being on your side, huh?"

    Price even shared the short and to-the-point email, which simply read: "Hi, just saw your news report. What concerned me is the lump on your neck. Please have your thyroid checked. Reminds me of my neck. Mine turned out to be cancer. Take care of yourself.”

    Many viewers wished her a speedy recovery and commended her for bringing awareness through her story.

    Price left fans with one last and important thought: "The world is a tough place these days. Don't forget to take care of yourself. Take care of each other."

    It’s that kind of care that encouraged her to seek out help when she didn’t know she needed it.

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