Nurse who battled cancer while in nursing school inspires others

A North Carolina nursing student is inspiring others, battling cancer after fighting the disease for nearly two years.

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VICTORIA GLOSSON: I didn't want cancer to take over my life.

TYLER HARDIN: In May of 2019, Victoria Glosson was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's lymphoma. The 22-year-old was in the middle of nursing school.

VICTORIA GLOSSON: And they just said, you lit up like a Christmas tree. And that's how they found the cancer. I just didn't know what to do with myself, because cancer doesn't run in my family, and it was just a surprise to all of us.

TYLER HARDIN: Instead of letting it defeat her, Victoria started to fight. Chemotherapy began in June, 2019, and she went back to finish what she started at Forsyth Technical Community College.

VICTORIA GLOSSON: Day by day-- that's what we had to do is take it day by day, clinical by clinical, test by test.

TYLER HARDIN: She graduated in nursing school, but the cancer came back in August of 2020. It meant a stem cell transplant and another six-month battle.

VICTORIA GLOSSON: I expect bad news with every doctor's visit. So I'm like, there's no way. And my doctor was like, yes, you did it. Like, you're cancer free. And so it took me a while for it to sink in.

TYLER HARDIN: That news came February 11. Her father, who's a Guilford County sheriff's deputy, was just as shocked as she was.

- When she said cancer-free, I lost it. It-- we were just so relieved. And it was like 1,000 pounds came off my shoulders, like, oh, my god. Because every day, we were walking on eggshells. Are we going-- what kind of news are we going to get? And as a parent, that's-- the glory of God just touched us.

TYLER HARDIN: Victoria now plans to help people with their battles in the hospital.

VICTORIA GLOSSON: Going through this process and this experience really has made me a better person, and it really makes you appreciate life so much more.

TYLER HARDIN: Tyler Hardin, Fox 8 News.