E! News anchor Maria Menounos announced Monday her decision to end her three-year-stint with the TV channel following her shocking revelations about her health in an exclusive chat with People Magazine.
Last month, on her 39th birthday, Menounos underwent a seven-hour long complex surgery to remove a benign tumor in her brain the size of a golf ball.
Celebrated neurosurgeon Dr. Keith L. Black successfully removed 99.9% of the unwanted growth, “He said there’s a six to seven percent chance that we’ll see it come back,” Menounos told Peoples Magazine. “But I’ll take those odds any day.”
Maria is currently recuperating at home with her mother Lisa Menounos who herself is battling stage 4 brain cancer and is also under the treatment of Dr. Black. Fortunately, her latest MRI results are somewhat encouraging raising hopes of a remission.
“I don’t have my balance fully yet but as long as I’m holding on to Keven, I’m sturdy and fine,” Menounos said. “My face is still numb. This is something that takes at least a month of healing, but I’m getting stronger and stronger every day and I’ll be back to normal very soon.”
It was in February that she first felt she may have a medical condition as she started feeling the 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.”
He worst fears were confirmed when an MRI scan revealed the presence of a golf-ball-sized tumor in her brain that was causing pressure on her facial nerves.
“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” she told People magazine in the exclusive interview. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one too?”
Menounos does not appear to be bitter in any way about the experience; in fact, she counts it as a “blessing.”
“We’re caretakers as women and we put ourselves last,” she said. “I tell people all the time if your car is making a weird noise, you 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.”
Here’s an emotional Instagram message from the journalist and TV host
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