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She believes that she was so worried about those around her — particularly her mother, who also had a brain tumor — that she never took time to look after herself, which is why she didn’t notice her own symptoms initially.
“Do you know how many times I postponed the MRI that found my tumor? At least three times!” Menounos said. “ … 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 also confessed that the toughest part of the whole situation was having to break the news to others.
“The only time I cried was when I told people,” she said.
“Would you believe me if I told you that the brain tumor is the best thing that ever happened to me?” she claimed. “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, ‘OK, this is my journey.’”