Kate Walsh Was Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor 2 Years Ago

Kate Walsh opens up about the frightening moment she learned she had a brain tumor

Actress Kate Walsh of Grey's Anatomy and the spin-off series, Private Practice, is breaking her silence over a 2015 diagnosis she never saw coming.

Nothing worked. Her Pilates instructor then noticed that her right side was dipping, she began swerving to the right when she was driving, and she had a hard time forming sentences. In June 2015, doctors found a brain tumor, a meningioma the size of a lemon that had to be removed by surgery, the magazine said. "I had to really advocate, because they don't hand out MRIs so easily, but I got an MRI and thank God I did, because it turned out I had a very sizable brain tumor in my left frontal lobe". "We're all so socialized to try to self-diagnose, like "I'll change my workout, I'll change my diet.' I'm very proactive and willful and independent, and in the past, even though I played a doctor on TV for years, I was not one to go see doctors very often", she told Cosmopolitan. It was never anything I would have imagined", Walsh recalled.

As time passed, her symptoms gradually worsened.

Walsh went in for an MRI - after shattering her pinky the night before because she had no depth perception - and had the benign tumor removed three days later.

Initially, Walsh said that she thought what she was experiencing was tied to menopause, but ultimately went with her instinct to consult a neurologist. She also worked on the hit Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and starred in a play in NYC.

Walsh told Cosmopolitan that her acting jobs as a doctor did not make her any less afraid of having surgery.

"In the hospital, I felt like I might as well be six years old". The real difference relates to their life choices: it focuses only on projects that are close to the heart and encourages the public to go visit her doctor more regularly. "I love to work hard and do 800 things at once, and this was a really wonderful lesson in just submitting to the process of healing". "But my health comes first, and I've had to change my lifestyle". So for me, it was a really big wakeup call to do annual checkups, and that's why I wanted to pair up with Cigna for this campaign.

"I was very lucky that it was benign and they got it all out", Walsh said.

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