People with any kind of public profile are exposed to criticism daily. Whether its trolls, bots or weirdo stalkers - being in the public eye in any shape or form can be tough at the best of times. But, in the case of this remarkable story, it seems that a message calling out a television show reporter actually ended up drawing attention to a potentially deadly medical issue.
Network Ten reporter, Antoinette Lattouf, was going about her usual segment on Studio 10 last Friday when she was sent a "strange" message from a viewer. Now, let's be honest, most people would think the message was some kind of spam or even a bully calling out her appearance. But, shockingly, the message she received ended up saving her life after something unusual was spotted on her throat.
Keep scrolling to see exactly what the message was and the shocking pictures that prompted it for yourself...
When you're in the public eye, you put yourself in line for criticism.
via: ShutterstockFrom bullying to trolls, many celebs receive cruel messages and comments online - it seems to come as part of the lifestyle, sadly.
But it seems this week, a message from a stranger has saved the life of a TV reporter.
Antoinette Lattouf is a reporter for Network Ten in Australia.
After wrapping up the show, Lattouf was shown the Facebook message by her editor.
The viewer has noticed something alarming on Lattouf's neck area.
The sender, Wendy McCoy, had spotted a lump on the left side of the reporter's neck.
At first glance, you can't really see anything unusual...Nothing on her neck particularly draws attention.
But when she turns her head...You can quite clearly see a lump protruding out of her neck.
At first, Lattouf admitted that she was "taken aback" after reading the message.
But, when she watched the clip back, she was left stunned..."I was left shocked," wrote Lattouf on 10Daily. "It looked like I had an Adam's apple. Something was definitely protruding from my neck."
Even more alarmingly, she has a family history of thyroid cancer.
Several blood tests, an ultrasound, and a CT scan revealed the lump was a large cyst.
via: 10 DailyLuckily, the cyst was benign but was located just above her voice box so she needed surgery. Tests also revealed she had an autoimmune disease too.
If left untreated, the consequences could have been deadly...
These types of cysts are more common in women.
And in Lattouf's case, it has likely been growing since childhood.
Following the diagnosis, Lattouf reached out to McCoy to thank her for speaking up.
Lattouf thanked McCoy, saying that she saved her career.
Lattouf has since appeared on TV to tell the story of how she discovered the large cyst.
via: Studio 10"Luckily my cyst is benign, but it lives on my thyroglossal duct (just above the voice box) and it's likely to start to interfere with my ability to breathe, speak and swallow. This condition most commonly begins when you're a child, and as the cyst grows and protrudes, it starts to put pressure on other vital structures in the neck," she explained.