The E! News anchor revealed that she had undergone a seven-hour surgery in order to remove a tumor the size of a golf ball from her brain. She was diagnosed with benign meningioma back in April after she was experiencing light-headedness, headaches, slurred speech, and difficulty reading the teleprompter on set. After undergoing an MRI, she was told that she had a brain tumor.
“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” the 39-year-old revealed to People. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor — and now I have one too?”
Dr. Keith L. Black, the same surgeon that took care of Maria's mother, performed her surgery on June 8 and he is sure he removed 99.9 percent of the tumor, but there is a six to seven percent chance that it could grow back.
"I’ll take those odds any day," Maria said.
Shortly after revealing her health scare, Maria announced that she will be stepping down from her position at E! News in order to focus on her health.
"I am so grateful for the past three years at E!," she said in a statement obtained by E! News. "I had such an amazing time co-hosting with Jason Kennedy and working every day with the wonderful roster of talent on the show including producers, staff, and crew. It was such a special, good-hearted group and one I'll always consider family."
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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
Maria also took to Instagram to share a heartfelt thank you to her fans who showed her an outpouring of love and support and she reassured her followers that she is doing okay.
"It's been a crazy time here in our home. I want you all to know that I'm ok!" she captioned a selfie with her mom. "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."