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Maria Menounos Has Brain Tumor Surgery

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Maria Menounos Brain Tumor

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Maria Menounos underwent surgery for a brain tumor, it was revealed on Monday. She is now leaving “E! News” to focus on her health.

Menounos tells People that she was diagnosed earlier this year after struggling with headaches, slurring her words and having difficulty reading the teleprompter at work. With her own mom currently battling brain cancer, she went for an MRI, which revealed a “golf-ball-size meningioma brain tumor.” “I didn’t cry. I actually laughed. It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor, and now I have one too?” she tells the magazine.

The TV personality underwent surgery in early June, with her doctor removing 99.9 percent of the tumor, which was benign. “He said there’s a six to seven percent chance that we’ll see it come back. But I’ll take those odds any day,” she says.

And while the former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant is giving up her weekday hosting gig on E! after three years, she plans to continue her career in some fashion after time spent soul-searching. “I just want to be still for a bit and see what I’m supposed to be in this world. For me, sharing this story is important on so many levels. I hate secrets,” she explains.

Menounos continues, “I also want to help women realize that they have to put themselves first. I wouldn’t have ever known or imagined that this was going on if I hadn’t seen the symptoms in my mom. 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.”

In a statement, E! Entertainment president Adam Stotsky says, “Our thoughts and support go out to Maria and her family and we wish them all the best knowing that Maria will tackle this with the same fierce dedication she is known for. We are grateful for Maria’s many contributions to E! over the past three years.”

UPDATE: Menounos tells fans on Instagram, “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.” See the full post below.

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

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