Maria Menounos Opens Up About Battle With Brain Tumor: ‘I’m Recovering Well’

Maria Menounos issued a long statement on Instagram, following the announcement Monday morning that she will step down as host of E! News after battling a brain tumor.

Menounos told People Magazine that she was diagnosed with a tumor in April, and is still recovering from the seven-hour surgery that successfully removed almost all of the tumor. This comes as her mother, Litsa Menounos, is battling brain cancer.

“I want you all to know that I’m ok!” Menounos wrote. “Seriously I’m recovering well and should be as good as new very very soon!”

Menounos wrote that, while she does not need further treatments, the same cannot be said for her mother, who appears in the Instagram post. “Please keep her in your prayers,” Menounos wrote.

The rest of the post mostly consists of expressions of gratitude — to the magazine, to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where she was treated, and the doctors and nurses who work there. “I cried like a baby saying goodbye to the amazing nurses who took such good care of me. God bless nurses!” she wrote.

Menounos has been with E! News for the past three years. Before that, she worked as a correspondent for “Access Hollywood” and “Today,” and a co-anchor on “Extra.”

See the full post below:

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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