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Kate Walsh Brain Tumor Today Show

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Kate Walsh Brain Tumor Today Show

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Kate Walsh revealed on Monday that she secretly battled a brain tumor. The actress appeared live on the “Today” show to discuss the health crisis. Watch the video below.

Walsh broke the news in an interview with Cosmopolitan, sharing that she was diagnosed with a benign meningioma two years ago, and had surgery to remove it. Now fully recovered, she’s speaking out about the scary experience. On the morning show, the actress said she started noticing what turned out to be symptoms in January of 2015, but thought her exhaustion was the result of working too hard on her show at the time, “Bad Judge.” Her Pilates instructor then noticed her body was off-balance. “Then I was driving, and I would start swerving into the right lane,” she confessed, adding, “Then it was sort of beyond aphasia. I couldn’t find my words, wasn’t finishing sentences and thoughts. It was subtle, and then it got pretty apparent pretty quick.”

Walsh “pushed” a neurologist to give her an MRI, “and thank god I did,” she said, as the radiologist immediately discovered a lemon-sized tumor. Three days later, she was in the operating room. It was only through surgery that the “Private Practice” star learned the tumor wasn’t cancerous. “I was very lucky that it was benign and they got it all out,” she told the “Today” co-hosts. Still, she shared, “It changed me, I think, in all the cliché ways… I’m like, ‘If I come out of this alright, I want to spend more time with my family and friends. I want to work on projects that I just love, with people that I love. I want to travel, be of service.'”

Walsh decided to speak out now as part of her partnership with Cigna’s campaign about preventative care. “It was a perfect opportunity to really emphasize the importance of advocating for your own health, particularly women,” she explained. The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star appears in a new doctor-themed commercial with her former colleague, Patrick Dempsey, along with other actors who famously played doctors, such as Neil Patrick Harris. “We had such a blast,” Walsh gushed. “It was so fun for me to be reunited with Patrick.” And for a good cause. Watch the full interview below.

 


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