Maria Menounos, who announced Monday that she is stepping down as co-anchor of “E! News,” thanked fans who offered support following her revelation that she is recovering from brain-tumor surgery.
“First I wanna say thank you all for the well wishes, prayers and support,” Menounos, 39, posted on social media Monday with a photo of herself kissing her mother, Litsa, who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in September. “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.”
Menounos broke the news in an interview with People magazine. In an online video accompanying that story, Menounos revealed that she had been having blurred vision and difficulty speaking. “I’d be on set it would be, like, bluh-blub-bluh-blub ... and it would take me, like, a third attempt to get out what I wanted to say.”
At a physical in February, she told her doctor, “I know you’re gonna think I’m crazy, but I feel like I have a brain tumor like my mom.” He sent her for an MRI, and when she came out of the machine she was told, “ ‘We’re so sorry we have to put you back in again.’ And that’s when I was, like, ‘OK, something’s going on.’ “
Menounos learned she had a meningioma, a type of often-benign tumor arising from the meninges, the thin layers of tissue covering the brain and spinal cord. “I just kind of, like, laughed because it’s just so surreal,” she told People. “Like, my mom’s got a brain tumor, now I have one? How in the hell does this happen? This is crazy.”
Dr. Keith L. Black and Dr. Ray M. Chu removed the benign tumor on Menounos’ birthday, June 8. Black told her “there’s a 6 to 7 percent chance that we’ll see it come back. But I’ll take those odds any day.” Menounos returned home after six days. “My face is still numb,” she said. “This is something that takes at least a month of healing,” she said, “but I’m getting stronger and stronger every day and I’ll be back to normal very soon.”