TV presenter Maria Menous had to choose the right time to tell her family she had a brain tumor.
“RIP Mom”, the former E! The news anchor posted a black-and-white photo of her and her mother, Faces Menonos, on Instagram. “God loved her so much that He took her to Greek Easter.”
“Christ is the risen mother,” she also wrote in Greek.
In a video uploaded to her YouTube channel in April, the 42-year-old said both her parents were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 late last year, just as her family received news that the tumor was her mother is growing up.
“For those of you who don’t know, my parents are like my children,” Menous said in a 19-minute video detailing their battle with the coronavirus. “I’ve taken full care of them for the last two decades.”
The TV personality continued: “My mother was healthy until August 2016, when she was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer, otherwise known as glioblastoma. Coincidentally, two months after her diagnosis, I was also diagnosed with a brain tumor.
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Menunos was diagnosed with a benign tumor called hemangioma in 2017. She shared in a YouTube video that she and her mother had recovered from surgery.
“It’s been a crazy few years for us, but Mom was a miracle,” she continued. “We don’t listen to statistics in this house, but they all said she had an average of 6-12 months (left to live), here we are almost five years later and she had quality years.”
She first told People magazine in 2017 that she had undergone surgery to remove a tumor the size of a golf ball, discovered in February. Menounos said that 99.9% of the tumor was removed during the seven-hour procedure in June of that year.
Friends of celebrities opened the Instagram comment section of Menous’s post to express their condolences to her late mother.
Zoe Saldana wrote, “We send you so much love. Our deepest condolences, Maria.”
The former E! News anchor and reporter Kat Sadler wrote: “I know one thing for sure – your mother knew the most extraordinary love you should ever know because of you. Your devotion to her was incomparable. She is now with other angels. I send all my love. ”
“I’m sending all my love,” said Jamie Lynn Spears.
A television personality and retired professional wrestler, Nicki Bella, wrote: “RIP. I send you and your family so many lights and prayers.”
Contributed by the Associated Press
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