- Maria Menounos showed off her surgical scars in a new bikini selfie.
- The TV host underwent surgery to remove pancreatic cancer in February.
- “I look back on surgery earlier this year and am grateful for the strength God has blessed me with,” she wrote.
Five months after undergoing surgery that removed stage 2 pancreatic cancertelevision host and podcaster Maria Menounos celebrates his scars as proof of life. On July 10, the 45-year-old shared a bikini selfie on instagram which showed an abdomen mottled with four small incision marks.
“I look back on the surgery earlier this year and am grateful for the strength God gave me to get through it and of course all the beautiful humans he sent to help me too!” she captioned the post. “Now I see the scars which I apply carefully with sunscreen to protect them and I smile. ❤️”
In May, Menounos broke the news with People that she had undergone surgery after an MRI discovered a 3.9cm tumor on her pancreas. For the previous months, she battled abdominal pain and extreme diarrhea, as well as being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She later learned that she had a stage 2 pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, meaning it was contained in the pancreas. Fortunately, he was detected early enough to be operated on. remove tumor and cancer cells by surgery without chemotherapy.
Fans and followers met her selfie in adoration for her strength. “You are an amazing warrior! From your battles you bless us all with so many tools and inspiration! And you look great!” one person commented. “Those scars add to your character ❤️,” added another “So glad you’re continuing to share your story. Thank you and be proud of those scars. You earned them,” someone else wrote.
Menounos recently spoke about his diagnosis on the Not skinny but not fat podcast with host Amanda Hirsch. It was a particularly difficult time given that she had just recovered from the kidnapping of a benign brain tumor in 2017, her mother also died of brain cancer, and after 10 years of trying to conceive through various fertility treatments with her husband, Keven Undergaro, they had just confirmed their surrogate’s pregnancy. (A baby girl is expected in the coming months.) Needless to say, when the radiologist reported the alarming finding, Menounos was devastated.
“I started waking up and I looked at him and said, ‘So I’m screwed, right? ‘” she told Hirsch. “I was gutturally crying and (saying) ‘I can’t believe God just blessed me with a baby, I’m having a baby…I’m not going to meet her.'”
Menounos credits a third-party MRI with saving his life after initial scans failed to detect the pancreatic tumor. Now, she’s a big proponent of personal health advocacy. “Nobody teaches us that health is so important…we have to be the CEO of our health,” she said. “You just have to keep fighting.”
Hirsch asked her how she remained optimistic after so many life-changing battles. “I’m still healing,” she said. “I feel like it would be such a shame to be ‘woe to me,’ when God has granted me so many miracles.”
Kayla Blanton is a freelance writer who reports on all things health and nutrition for men’s health, women’s health, and prevention. Her hobbies include sipping perpetual coffee and pretending to be a choppy contestant while baking.