"He said, 'I'm so sorry I have to tell you this because I know that you're going through a lot with your mom, but you have a brain tumor. It's called a meningioma, and you need to schedule an appointment with a neurosurgeon right away,'" Menounos said. "And so, I was like, 'OK.' I started kind of chuckling because at that point it's like, 'This is a joke. How does this happen?'"
Menounos kept the diagnosis a secret from friends and family, not telling them until three days before her own surgery.
“It’s like you’re getting a punch in the face, or a hammer,” Litsa Menounos said of her reaction. “You cannot process that. That was the worst thing for me. [My cancer] didn’t matter, honestly.”
Menounos’ tumor was benign and now that she is back on her feet, the mother and daughter are focused on Litsa’s health.
"I just hope that we can make her one of the long-term survivors because I'm worried about her," Menounos said through tears. "Nobody ever wants to lose their mom. I pray this next MRI is good so that we can all just take a breath, and I have some time to not worry."
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