If a concerned viewer hadn’t gotten in touch about the lump in TV reporter Jessica Price’s neck, she says she’d never have called her doctor about the tumor that turned out to be thyroid cancer.
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Price, a reporter with NBC affiliate WFLA-TV in Tampa, got an email from a woman in June who’d observed the abnormal lump after watching Price on air.
The terse message was entered into the email’s the subject line:
“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 your self,” the woman wrote.
At the urging of her “lovingly-pushy boyfriend,” Price called her primary care physician.
Price’s doctor agreed that something didn’t look right and after an ultrasound, found a nodule growing on her thyroid that was later confirmed as cancerous and spreading to her lymph nodes.
Price tweeted Thursday that she’d be undergoing surgery this week to remove the tumor, her thyroid, and affected lymph nodes.
A bit of ~personal news~ to share.— victoria price (@WFLAVictoria) July 23, 2020
Turns out, I have cancer. And I owe it to one of our wonderful @WFLA viewers for bringing it to my attention.
I’ll be off work for a bit after tomorrow, but I’ll see y’all soon 🥰 pic.twitter.com/UMsoj2SjtM
She wrote in her post, “Had I never received that email, I never would have called my doctor. The cancer would have continued to spread. It’s a scary and humbling thought,” Price wrote. “I will forever be thankful to the woman who went out of her way to email me, a total stranger. She had zero obligation to, but she did anyway.”
Price went on to say, “Talk about being on your side, huh? The world is a tough place these days. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Take care of each other. Love y’all and see you soon.”
Price said that since the pandemic began, she’d been working so much to cover “the most important health story in a century” that she neglected her own health and wellbeing.
“As a journalist, it’s been full throttle since the pandemic began. Never-ending shifts in a never-ending news cycle. Adjusting to remote workflows and in my case, taking on a new investigative role,” she wrote on social media, “We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the farthest thing from my mind.”
According to the American Cancer Society, until recently, thyroid cancer was the most rapidly increasing cancer in the US. Women are at a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer compared to men.
Price’s employer retweeted her story to show support and wish her a quick recovery.
Other broadcast journalists reached out over social media to connect with Price, one even called the woman who sent the email a “guardian angel.”
Sorry to hear about this, I wish you the very best. I went through cancer, along with six weeks of chemo eight years ago, if you need anything, or have any questions, let me know!— Nick Kraynok (@Nick_Weather) July 23, 2020
^This. I shudder to think that if I had gotten a random warning, I may have ignored it because I was “too busy.”— Evan Donovan (@EvanDonovan) July 25, 2020
Thank God Victoria didn’t 🙏🏼
I’m so sorry you’re going through this, Victoria. ❤️ You just never know what person could end up being your guardian angel. What a blessing they are, to have taken the time and care to reach out. Sending you lots of love for a successful procedure and quick recovery.— Haley Hinds FOX 13 (@HaleyHinds) July 24, 2020