Victoria Glosson planned to give the best Valentine’s Day gift ever to her dad, Sheriff Barry Glosson. So she asked him play loud music using earphones and challenged him to read her lips.
“I’m cancer-free,” Glosson said softly as her dad tried to puzzle it out. When he realized what she was saying, he started jumping and cheering and ran to his wife, Smita, and embraced her.
“I was overwhelmed with joy and very excited,” Barry Glosson said. “I saw my daughter go through the toughest battle of her life. … It was so scary to watch my daughter live this nightmare. The happiness in my heart is indescribable.”
Now Victoria Glosson will be on the frontlines working as a nurse at the emergency department of a hospital in Greensboro, but it wasn’t always so.
Victoria Glosson was all set to become a nurse and help others when the Oakridge, North Carolina, native was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the end of her third semester of nursing school.
“I was ecstatic and in shock at first,” she said, “This was such a long battle for me, and I couldn’t believe we finally got to the end of it. I had to go through so much, and to reach this point was incredible.” Glosson did not give up on her dreams but instead underwent treatment along with her program, and battled cancer for more than a year-and-a-half before finding out this week that she’s cancer-free.
“I was determined to get through. I had to get Neulasta shots after chemotherapy to keep my white blood cell counts up. Those shots hurt, and it was like every bit of your bones were breaking,” she said. “At times, my dad would have to drive me to clinical. … I had to be strong so the patients I was taking care of didn’t see my pain.”
Today as Victoria Glosson is free of cancer and has earned her nursing degree, she is all set to be on the frontlines working tirelessly to save the lives of people amid the pandemic.