Caring for a loved one who is battling cancer is challenging enough, without receiving the news that the same illness is also plaguing you. TV host Maria Menounos had been watching over her mother, who has stage-4 brain cancer, when she began experiencing some worrisome symptoms.
“I’d been getting lightheaded on set and having headaches,” she told People magazine. “My speech had gotten slurred and I was having difficulty reading the teleprompter.”
An MRI revealed Menounos had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball pushing onto her facial nerves. Her reaction to the shock diagnosis was unique.
“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” she remembered. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one, too?”
First I wanna say thank you all for the well wishes, prayers and support. It's been a crazy time here in our home. I want you all to know that I'm ok! Seriously I'm recovering well and should be as good as new very very soon! 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. I also want to thank @people for allowing me to share my story. @juliejordanc & @mrjesscagle THANK YOU' Next-I need to thank everyone at @cedarssinai everyone there has been amazing. Most people want to rush out of the hospital to get home I kept saying I've never been treated kinder. I cried like a baby saying goodbye to the amazing nurses who took such good care of me. God bless nurses! I of course need to thank dr black and dr Chu for performing an amazing surgery and giving me the best bday gift ever-my health. And lastly, god has blessed me in so many ways but this too was a blessing. I got to hear what I have meant to my friends and family-it's been quite moving for me. I want thank all of my incredible friends, family and even strangers who have shown me and my family such kindness. @alyssawallerce Thank you for being with me every step of the way. I couldn't have done it without you. @iamjoegear You too! And to @undergaro the best nurse in the world..you never left the hospital and slept by my side there. you are my everything and I'm so thankful to you. You and dad have really been incredible to mom and me. You both have inspired me. I've never been more excited about life. I see so much so clearly. Will share more with all of you soon! Xo
Treatment began immediately, and with her mother and fiancé Keven Undergaro by her side, Menounos underwent a seven-hour surgery to remove the meningioma, which was predicted to be benign. Thankfully, the procedure was a success, with only a six to seven percent chance of the cancer returning. “I’ll take those odds any day,” the 39-year-old told the publication.
Now in recovery, Menounos is spending quality time with her mother, whose most recent scan showed positive results. Though she’ll need no further treatments herself, the host says her diagnosis was a wake-up call.
“We’re caretakers as women, and we put ourselves last,” she said. “I tell people all the time that if your car is making a weird noise, you should take it to the mechanic. How come when our body is making weird noises, we ignore it? I’m so lucky that I went to the doctor and raised the alarm.”
So scary! We're just glad Maria is okay. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as her brave mom continues to fight the disease.
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