'As a reporter, it's been complete throttle given that the pandemic started. "Never ending shifts in a never-ending news cycle". Adjusting to remote workflows and in my case, handling a brand-new investigative function.
She went on: "We were covering the most important health story in a century, but my own health was the farthest thing from my mind".
Price didn't say which broadcast the viewer who messaged her had watched, though she said it was during one of many appearances in June on Tampa's WFLA.
Responding to a social media who made a comment on how the lump is hard to spot, Price agreed it was "not the easiest to see". It turns out the lump was a protrusion caused by a cancerous tumor pressing on Price's thyroid.
Now Victoria will undergo surgery on Monday (27 July) to remove the tumour as well as her thyroid and a couple of other lymph nodes.
A Florida TV reporter is giving her thanks to an eagle-eyed viewer who may have saved her life. She'd zero obligation, but she did anyway.
"It's not super obvious unless you know what to look for", Price said. Talk about being on your side, huh?
"But the roles recently reversed when I found a viewer on MY side, and I couldn't be more grateful", Price said. "Take care of yourself", the viewer wrote in an email to Price. "It's a scary and humbling thought", Price continued on Twitter. And I owe it to one of our wonderful @WFLA viewers for bringing it to my attention.
The same thing happened in 2013 to Tarek El Moussa, a star of the HGTV reality series "Flip or Flop", who learned he had stage 2 thyroid cancer after a registered nurse watching the show spotted a lump on his neck and contacted producers. She added that chemotherapy now "isn't in the cards".
"Please check your thyroid", wrote the viewer after mentioning that he had noticed the lump while looking at one of Price's segments. "Turns out, I have cancer", read her post Thursday.
She ended her tweet by writing, "The world is a tough place these days". Don't forget to take care of yourself. "Love y" all and see you quickly. VP'.
Doctors told her the tumour was spreading from the centre of her neck and would need to be surgically removed, along with her thyroid and some lymph nodes.
Still, Galea credited the woman who spotted the lump in Price's neck.
This is hardly the first time a viewer has noticed a serious problem with a TV personality.