It has been a very tough few months for the Menounos Family.
Not only is Maria‘s mother battling stage 4 brain cancer, the TV star has her own health concerns to deal with.
In the new issue of People, Maria told the magazine, “I’d been getting lightheaded on set and having headaches. My speech had gotten slurred and I was having difficulty reading the teleprompter.”
An MRI revealed Maria had a golf-ball-size brain tumor that was pushing on her facial nerves.
She told People, “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?”
Because she is still recovering from surgery she has decided to step down as co-anchor of E! News.
A post on E! Online mentions that Maria is planning on taking some time off to work on some “passion projects” and try to “help women realize that they have to put themselves first.”
Menounos took to Instagram yesterday to thank everyone who has been supporting her.
“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.”
You can read all about Maria’s story in the July 17th issue of People here.
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
— People Magazine (@people) July 3, 2017