Appearing on a television show might have saved a North Carolina woman's life.

Nicole McGuinness, 32, of Havelock, North Carolina, was recently featured on HGTV’s “Beachfront Bargain Hunt" to celebrate the end of her brain cancer treatments.

An eagle-eyed doctor just happened to be watching the program and spotted a lump on McGuinness' neck.


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Dr. Erich Voigt, a New York-based ear, nose and throat surgeon from NYU Langone Health, used social media to get the message to McGuinness that she needed to get a sonogram and a biopsy.

She went to see a specialist, and eventually was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.

On "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, McGuinness said that she's "forever grateful" to Dr. Voigt for being vigilant and reaching out.

She revealed that Voigt used his social media network to help track her down, and her mother's friend eventually saw his Facebook post and sent it to her.

"I feel extremely blessed," McGuinness said. "It's just, in my opinion, a miracle that he saw it and was able to reach out to me and that I had it checked out immediately."

She said she has a consultation with an ear, nose and throat surgeon this week, and she expects to have surgery in the near future.

She said the treatment should be a little easier than what she went through with glioblastoma, and she's ready to beat cancer for the second time in two years.

"I feel like everything happens for a reason, and maybe this was the reason that I was on the HGTV show."


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