Maria Menounos recovering from brain tumor surgery

TV host opens up about battle with brain tumor
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  • Maria Menounos is leaving "E! News"
  • Her mother has stage 4 brain cancer

(CNN)Maria Menounos is stepping down as co-anchor of E! News in the wake of surgery to remove a brain tumor, the network said Monday.

The annoucement came the same day Menounos revealed in a People magazine cover story that she recently underwent surgery for a golf ball-size meningioma brain tumor.
Menounos' surgeon was able to remove almost 100% of the tumor, which was benign, during a complicated seven-hour surgery, she told the publication.
    "He said there's a six to seven percent chance that we'll see it come back," said Menounos, who is recovering at home. "But I'll take those odds any day."
    Menounos, 39, joined E! in 2014 and began co-hosting its news program the following year.
    "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," Adam Stotsky, president of E! Entertainment, said in a statement. "We are grateful for Maria's many contributions to E! over the past three years."
    "I just want to be still for a bit and see what I'm supposed to be in this world," Menounos said. "For me, sharing this story is important on so many levels."
    The diagnosis came after Menounos began feeling lightheaded on set and suffering from headaches and slurred speech in February.
    It also came at a time when the TV personality, who also hosts a Sirius XM radio and has appeared on "Dancing with the Stars," was grappling with another family medical issue: Her mother has stage 4 brain cancer.
    Menounos said she views it all as a "blessing" that has brought her family closer.

    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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    It's also made her re-evaluate her life and health, she said.
    "We're caretakers as women and we put ourselves last," she told People. "I tell people all the time if your car is making a weird noise, you take it to the mechanic. How come when our body is making weird noises, we ignore it? I'm so lucky that I went to the doctor and raised the alarm."