Lindsay Kimble
July 03, 2017 11:15 AM

Maria Menounos is celebrating life and love after exclusively revealing her scary brain tumor diagnosis to PEOPLE.

The TV and Sirius XM radio host shared a smiling selfie with her mother Litsa – who has stage 4 brain cancer – to Instagram on Monday, thanking her fans and followers for “all the well wishes, prayers and support.”

“It’s been a crazy time here in our home,” she wrote. “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.”

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

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In this week’s PEOPLE cover story, Menounos, 39, opened up about discovering she had a golf-ball-size meningioma brain tumor that was pushing on her facial nerves earlier this year. She recalled, “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one too?”

On June 8, Menounos’ benign tumor was 99.9 percent removed in a lengthy surgery. While there’s still a six to seven percent chance the tumor will come back, Menounos told PEOPLE, “I’ll take those odds any day.”

In her Instagram post, Menounos expressed gratitude for the “amazing” staff who treated her at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and wrote that she’d “never been treated kinder.”

For much more from Menounos, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE and watch her emotional interview in PEOPLE Cover Story: Maria Menounos on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to People.com/PEN or download the PEN app on your favorite mobile or connected TV device.

“I cried like a baby saying goodbye to the amazing nurses who took such good care of me,” she said, further thanking her surgeons for giving her the “best bday gift ever – my health.”

The star called the entire experience “a blessing” and said she “got to hear what I have meant to my friends and family – it’s been quite moving for me.”

“I’ve never been more excited about life. I see so much so clearly,” she wrote.

Menounos also announced to PEOPLE that she is leaving E! News following her health scare.

“My deal ends this August and after that I’m gonna take some time and focus on some passion projects and see what’s next,” she said.

 

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