Maria Menounos had a huge wake up call earlier this year when she started experiencing symptoms similar to those of her mother, Litsa who is battling a stage 4 brain cancer.
Maria received an MRI, which revealed a golf-ball sized tumor in her brain.
On her 39th birthday, June 8th she underwent a 7 hour surgery to remove the tumor.
Today she announced she was leaving E! & E! News after 3 years to heal and focus on family.
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
A HUGE HUGE thank you to someone who didn't get mentioned but literally saved my life @DrRyanAronin. You were so thorough&thank u for...— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) July 3, 2017
For not making me feel like I was crazy to think I had a Brain tumor. You are an outstanding dr & I'm so thankful 4 u sending me 4 the MRI— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) July 3, 2017