The last couple of years have been tumultuous for E! News anchor Maria Menounos. In 2016, her mother, Litsa, was diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and shortly after, the entertainment journalist revealed that she was putting her wedding plans on hold until her mother's condition was stable.
About a year after the news of her mother's cancer came to light, Menounos, 39, herself received a diagnosis that changed her life. After undergoing an MRI, doctors found had a benign meningioma brain tumor the size of a golf ball that was pushing on her facial nerves.
“I didn’t cry. I actually laughed,” Menounos said about her initial reaction to her diagnosis. “It’s so surreal and crazy and unbelievable that my mom has a brain tumor—and now I have one too?”
She underwent a seven hour surgery last June, and renowned surgeon Dr. Keith L. Black successfully removed 99.9 percent of the tumor. Menounos was told that there is a six to seven percent chance that the cancer could return, but the odds are now in her favor.
Despite everything she and her family have been through, Menounos considers the cancer a "blessing" because it has brought her closer to her loved ones. She also has a totally new outlook on life and has been trying to live in the present as much as possible, including marrying her longtime boyfriend, Keven Undergaro.
"Keven's been my savior,'' Menounos recently told NBC's Megyn Kelly. "He never left my side in the hospital. I was crying, 'I just want to get married! I want to have kids!' I've been pushing the wedding thing, but he said, 'Listen, I'm working on something.'"
Just a few weeks after opening up about postponing their wedding, Menounos and Undergaro finally tied the knot, and they did it on live on television on New Year's Eve.