Have you ever been watching TV when you had the urge to contact someone on the show? We’re not talking about stalking a celebrity or hoping to get an autograph or selfie. We’re talking about really wanting to tell someone that you see on TV something very important, something that could save their life.
Thankfully, there probably aren’t that many instances where this occur, but one Inside Edition viewer was watching the show several years ago and noticed something unusual on anchor Deborah Norville’s neck. The viewer felt compelled to contact Norville and encourage her to get it checked out.
Norville is very thankful for viewers like the one who contacted her about the lump on her neck. She hadn’t noticed the bump before, but as a precaution, she went to her doctor to have it examined. Her doctor told her that the lump was a thyroid nodule but wasn’t anything to worry about.
Every year, Norville would get the lump checked out just to make sure it was still nothing to worry about, and this last time, she found out that it had become cancerous. Thankfully, Norville says that it’s a “very localized form of cancer,” and she won’t have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. However, she is having surgery today to remove the lump.
For more about Norville’s diagnosis, watch the video below.
If you’ve noticed a lump on your neck or on someone else’s neck, it couldn’t hurt to get it checked out. It’s most likely a thyroid nodule, and it’s most likely nothing to worry about. However, if you’re also noticing symptoms like a hoarse voice or a cough that won’t go away, it could mean that the lump is something more. If you have trouble talking or swallowing, definitely see your doctor right away.
Your thyroid is responsible for your metabolism. If you have an underactive thyroid, that might be why you have trouble losing weight. An overactive thyroid could make it difficult to gain weight. Besides weight gain or loss, other symptoms that your thyroid isn’t functioning normally include fatigue, depression, dry skin, constipation and trouble sleeping.
Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your thyroid.
While Norville doesn’t seem too worried about her diagnosis and surgery, she did say, “If you believe in prayer, please say one for me and for my surgeon and I thank you very much.”