Maria Menounos Reveals She Had Surgery to Remove 'Golf-Ball-Sized' Brain Tumor
Her mom is also battling stage 4 brain cancer at the same time.
E! News personality Maria Menounos recently revealed to People that she underwent surgery to remove a golf-ball-sized meningioma brain tumor. During her recovery over the past several weeks, she's also been taking care of her mother who is fighting stage 4 brain cancer.
"I didn't cry. I actually laughed," she told People about the moment she learned the news. "It's so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor-and now I have one too?"
"I'd been getting lightheaded on set and having headaches," she told People of the months leading up to her diagnosis. "My speech had gotten slurred and I was having difficulty reading the teleprompter." Thankfully, Maria's tumor was benign and her doctors were able to remove 99.9 percent of it during the seven-hour procedure, she shared.
She took to Instagram, at the time, to thank all the people involved in her treatment and recovery. (Related: Soccer Star Lauren Holiday Battles Brain Tumor While Pregnant)
"I'm recovering well and should be as good as new very very soon!" she wrote. "Luckily I don't need any further treatments but I can't say the same about my mom. So please keep her in your prayers."
She also announced that she won't be returning to E! News, and looks forward to taking it easy. "I want to encourage people to find some stillness in their life so they can listen to their bodies-and hear what's going on," she said.
Maria elaborated on the importance of that in a recent interview with Today, opening up about all the signs she missed over the past year. She didn't even realize how similar her symptoms were to that of her mother's till she paid her doctor a much overdue visit. "When I said all those things out loud, the symptoms mirrored what my mom had and I realized it in that moment," she said in the interview.
Looking back, however, she feels like her tumor was a huge wakeup call and something she needed to gain some perspective. "I think that this was a gift because I needed to change my life," she continued to tell Today. "I needed to change the way I did everything."
Now, the only thing on her mind is her recovery and taking care of her mom who is still severely ill. "I just hope that we can make her one of the long-term survivors," she said. "Because I'm worried about her."