Do you believe in guardian angels? If not, this story might have the potential to alter your views a bit.

Last month, a Florida TV news reporter named Victoria Price got an e-mail from one of her viewers, claiming that she’d noticed something odd about her neck while watching a televised segment. This viewer, who is also a cancer survivor, noticed a lump on the reporter’s neck and encouraged her to get it checked. The reporter went to the doctor and, unfortunately, her results for thyroid cancer came back positive. This week, Victoria finally had her tumor removed.

The TV news reporter Victoria recently shared her incredible story on Twitter

“Turns out, I have cancer,” Victoria announces in her post. “And I owe it to one of our wonderful WFLA viewers for bringing it to my attention.”

“Hi, Just saw your news report. What concerned me is the lump on your neck,” the viewer wrote in the email she sent to Victoria Price. “Please have your thyroid checked. Reminds me of my neck. Mine turned out to be cancer. Take care of yourself.”

Image credits: Victoria Price

Here’s the e-mail from a viewer Victoria Price received last month

Image credits: Victoria Price

A week later after receiving the e-mail, Price went to see a doctor. She got a blood check which was followed by an ultrasound. The results came back suspicious and because of that, she was referred to a thyroid specialist. Later, the news reporter found out that she had thyroid cancer and that it was spreading to her lymph nodes.

“We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the farthest thing from my mind,” the reporter wrote in her Twitter post

Image credits: WFLA

“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,” the reporter said in her Twitter post.

“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,” she continued.

“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”

Image credits: WFLA

“COVID created some diagnostic delays but I’ll finally be undergoing surgery this Monday to remove the tumor, my thyroid, and a couple of nearby lymph nodes. Doctor says it’s spreading, but not too much, and we’re hopeful this will be my first and last procedure,” wrote the reporter.

“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 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. Talk about being on your side, huh?” she added.

“The world is a tough place these days. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Take care of each other”

After the diagnosis, the 28-year-old news reporter emailed the viewer who reached out to her to say thank you, but the viewer didn’t reply to that email for a few days. After that, Victoria Price wrote about her experience for WFLA.com and wondered if the woman was her “guardian angel.” “If you’re reading this, don’t feel obligated to write back. You’ve already done so much more than you may realize,” the reporter wrote in her story.

Soon enough, the viewer wrote back and sent Victoria her number, so she could call her once recovered from surgery.

#CheckYourNeck

Image credits: Victoria Price

According to the American Cancer Society, More than 52,000 new cases of thyroid cancer are diagnosed each year. Moreover, women are over three times as likely to develop the cancer as men.

The tricky thing about this cancer is that in the early stages, a person might not notice any symptoms at all. As it grows, a person can start to feel neck and throat pain, can experience difficulty swallowing and vocal changes, and can feel an urge to cough much more often.

Victoria encourages everyone who suspects they might have unusual masses in their neck to not hesitate and go get it checked by a health care provider.

Victoria Price has since received loads of supportive messages. Some people even shared their own cancer stories and gave her some helpful recovery tips