Investigative journalist Victoria Price adopted her news team's model of being "on your side" for her viewers in Tampa Bay, Florida. About a month ago, one of her viewers was on her side in return.
Last Thursday, Price shared in a tweet that she will be going in for a procedure today, Monday, June 27, after receiving a tip from a viewer a month ago to have her thyroid checked.
In her tweet, Price confessed her health has been far from her mind during the pandemic.
"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. We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the farthest thing from my mind."
"Until a viewer emailed me last month."
"She saw a lump on my neck. Said it reminded her of her own. Hers was cancer."
"Turns out, mine is too."
Price explained there were some delays, due to the pandemic, but now she's on her way to recovery.
"[The pandemic] created some diagnostic delays but I'll finally be undergoing surgery this Monday to remove the tumor, my thyroid, and a couple of the nearby lymph nodes. Doctor says it's spreading, but not too much, and we're hopeful this will be my first and last procedure."
Price also expressed her thanks to the viewer and her community for their help.
"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."
"I will be forever 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. Talk about being on your side, huh?"
You can view her full tweet here:
Fans of WFLA and fellow reporters reached out to Price after the tweet, voicing their support and gratefulness that she was getting treatment.
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA A testament to the fact that for every crummy viewer with a snarky comment, there are dozens an… https://t.co/5b6fhvIq3f— Josh Sidorowicz WTSP (@Josh Sidorowicz WTSP) 1595552286.0
@nicole_renee313 @WFLA Thank you for the tips. It will certainly be a process.— victoria price (@victoria price) 1595558070.0
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA Thinking of you out here on the West Coast, I'm so impressed by your bravery and wish you a speedy recovery! 🙏— Jeremy Tanner (@Jeremy Tanner) 1595560861.0
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA Thank you so much for sharing. Praying for you as you go through surgery and a quick recovery! 💖🙏🏼— Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami) (@Frances Wang (#FrannyInMiami)) 1595607763.0
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA Sending love your way! So glad the viewer reached out & that you took action. Thank goodness for good people.— Maura Barrett (@Maura Barrett) 1595576616.0
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA Thank you for posting this. Positive thoughts (from a lot of folks) are with you and the woman… https://t.co/7BeTxFSK5l— Aurora (@Aurora) 1595734927.0
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA Literally the same thing happened to me!! A viewer spotted a lump on my neck & it was… https://t.co/IwcpdAP0Ky— Maria Sansone (@Maria Sansone) 1595591443.0
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA So sorry to hear this, Victoria. You'll get through this!— Phil Sanchez (@Phil Sanchez) 1595555317.0
@WFLAVictoria @AustinKellerman @WFLA Thank you for sharing your story!! Best of luck with the procedure & I will be… https://t.co/RAMcC7Opvz— Allie Berube (@Allie Berube) 1595567218.0
@WFLAVictoria @WFLA So much of TV viewers responses can be negative, it is absolutely great that one positive one f… https://t.co/K6PLILRmbW— Ken Wales (@Ken Wales) 1595743388.0
It can be incredibly frustrating to receive unsolicited feedback about your appearance, especially from someone you don't know.
But in this case, it was a real lifesaver.