Maria Menounos Reveals Lingering Physical Effects of Brain Tumor Surgery
"Overall I just feel so lucky to be functioning and to be almost normal and to not have cancer."
Maria Menounos had a benign meningioma brain tumor removed this past June, and she sat down with Today's Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday's edition of the NBC morning show to speak about her recovery.
"I still have a hard time chewing on my right side, because it was on my right side so it affected the trigeminal nerve, which controls all of your face," said Menounos, addressing the lingering physical symptoms she's had. "And so chewing here, my jaw, it's not right yet. Little things — I can get dizzy moving my head side-to-side, so sometimes I look like I've been in a car accident so I just shift carefully."
However, she said she keeps everything in perspective. "Overall I just feel so lucky to be functioning and to be almost normal and to not have cancer," said the former E! News host.
In addition to her own health problems, Menounos has been supporting her mother, who was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She calls the experience "an emotional ride" and said that right now, her mother is "stable and doing well."
Her recent challenges have altered her, Menounos revealed, she's much calmer now and enjoys being still. "I've been able to look back at everything and I did see this all as a gift and I did shift everything into positives throughout this journey."