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Maria Menounos and her mom were both diagnosed with brain tumors. Humor helped them cope.

TV host Maria Menounos has always been close with her parents, whom she describes as “really hard workers.” As a teenager just starting her modeling career, Menounos says her mom “tirelessly” drove her to every audition. My dad then called and told me they were air-lifting her to another hospital because they found a tumor.” Her mom was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer, also known as glioblastoma — an aggressive, hard-to-treat cancer that can occur in the brain or spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. “You just think the worst instantly,” says Menounos.
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