Victoria Price WFLA TV Reporter Bio, Wiki
Victoria Price is a Florida television reporter with Tampa news network WFLA TV. The 28-year-old reporter is in the spotlight after saying on Twitter that she received an email which she “almost ignored” from a viewer who spotted a protrusion on her neck and she was later diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
She was at the Center of a Breaking News Story when a User Spotted a Protrusion on her Neck
The reporter found herself the center of a breaking news story when she published her own account of being diagnosed with cancer on WFLA.
The email 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.” Price followed it up and received a diagnosis of thyroid cancer on July 21.
Price shared the original email, and her diagnosis, on her Twitter account on July 24th.
“A bit of ~personal news~ to share. 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,” she wrote.
A bit of ~personal news~ to share.
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
— victoria price (@WFLAVictoria) July 23, 2020
Price said on Instagram she neglected her own health when she took on a new investigative reporter role at the onset of coronavirus, “covering the most important health story in a century.”
Sharing her account and a photo of herself pointing to her neck, she wrote, “‘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.”
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.
COVID 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.
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?
Victoria Price Boyfriend Pushed her to See a Doctor
In an article titled ‘Am I Going to Die?’ which was published on WFLA, she detailed her diagnosis recounting that it was her “lovingly-pushy boyfriend” who “forced a phone into [her] hand” and asked her to book an appointment with a doctor.
The doctor initially suspected hypothyroidism, but blood work and an ultrasound revealed something more sinister – “a large and very suspicious-looking nodule growing smack in the center of my thyroid.”
On July 21st, Price had a diagnosis of Thyroid cancer spreading to her lymph nodes. She had many initial questions, from whether she would be forced to wear a turtleneck to hide the scars of the operation to remove her entire thyroid to whether she was going to die.
But the prognosis for Price is good, she reported. “There is no such thing as ‘good’ cancer, but thankfully thyroid cancer is not a lethal cancer. The five-year survival rate is 98 percent and while women are far more likely to develop thyroid cancer, statistically they’re about equally as susceptible to die from it.”
Initially, Price did not know the viewer who contacted her. The woman signed off on the email, “but that was all,” Price said. Her identity has not been publicly revealed yet.
Price mentioned sending “an emphatic thank-you email” to her “guardian angel.” The Tampa Bay Times reported that the woman has since been in touch, and Price hopes the pair will connect following her surgery, which is scheduled for July 27.