A local reporter in Florida expressed gratitude on Thursday to one of the station’s viewers – a stranger – who contacted the reporter after seeing her on TV and suspecting she had undiagnosed cancer.
“A bit of ~ personal news ~ to share,” WFLA-TV’s Victoria Price in Tampa wrote on Twitter. “It turns out I have cancer. And I owe it to one of our wonderful viewers @WFLA for bringing it to my attention. I’ll be on leave the day after tomorrow, but I’ll see you soon.
Price said she had put personal medical checks on the back burner amid the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, a period that for her included long hours of work and a new investigative role – while adjusting to the remote work.
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“We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the furthest thing from my mind,” she said.
“We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the furthest thing from my mind.”
Last month, she got an email from a viewer she didn’t know who told her that a lump she had noticed on Price’s neck reminded her of a symptom of her own cancer.
“Please have your thyroid checked,” the viewer wrote after mentioning that she noticed the lump while looking at one of Price’s segments. “It reminds me of my neck. Mine turned out to be cancer. Take care of yourself. ”
Price said if the bystander hadn’t emailed her, she would never have gone to her doctor and the cancer would have continued to spread.
“It’s a scary and humiliating thought,” she said.
Her doctor said the cancer had spread “but not too much,” she added.
After some delays related to the coronavirus, she said she would have surgery to remove the tumor, her thyroid and some lymph nodes on Monday. She added that she and her doctor are hopeful this will be her first and last surgery.
“I will always be grateful to the woman who went out of her way to email me, a total stranger,” Price said. “The world is a tough place these days. Remember to take care of yourself. Take care of each other. ”
“Literally compensates for all the negative and horrible e-mails from viewers EVER !,” Price joked to a local journalist colleague in Florida who tweeted that for every “lousy viewer with a sneaky comment, there are dozens and dozens and dozens more out there looking out. ”
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WFLA wrote on Twitter that the station “sent all our love to @WFLAVictoria and wished him a speedy recovery.”