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Maria Menounos: Brain Tumor Was 'Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me'

Four months after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor, Maria Menounos (photosMaria Menounos photos) is calling it "the best thing that ever happened to me."

"This whole thing has been such a gift," Menounos tells Women's Health. "This happened for a reason."

"Before the brain tumor, I was super type A. I was on top of everything. I would know when your birthday was and make sure you had your flowers. I was everything to everyone, but nothing to myself."

"I didn't know it at the time, but there was no self-compassion, no self-love. I didn't think I deserved it."

"Do you know how many times I postponed the MRI that found my tumor? At least three times! But my mom’s tumor was growing and I thought, 'I don’t have time to deal with my own issue, whatever it is.' We're so empathetic with everyone except ourselves."

Menounos' mother has stage 4 brain cancer and also had a brain tumor.

"The only time I cried was when I told people," she admits. "With nothing to do but stay in bed, I had plenty of time to think. Like: 'Why do I work 20 hours a day? To have more... to pay more... to owe more?"

"What is life about? What really matters? Going the extra mile and depleting my health for some boss who's never going to give a sh*t Not worth it!," she says candidly.

"Would you believe me if I told you that the brain tumor is the best thing that ever happened to me? It's freed me from all of that anxiety of having to be perfect. You can't control everything; leave it to God and just say, 'Okay, this is my journey.'"

December 21, 2017 |

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