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Kate Walsh Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Two Years Ago

Kate Walsh Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Two Years Ago

Kate Walsh is revealing that over two years ago, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which thankfully was not cancerous and she’s been on the mend.

The 49-year-old actress was diagnosed with “a meningioma the size of a lemon” and had surgery to remove the tumor.

“My pilates instructor said ‘hey, your right side is dipping,’ and it didn’t feel like I was off, but I looked down and could see it. Then when I was driving, I started swerving into the right lane. The exhaustion got to the point where I could drink five cups of coffee and still not feel awake or clear. And then around April, I started having more cognitive difficulties. It felt like aphasia, but it wasn’t just not being able to find words; I would lose my train of thought, I wasn’t able to finish sentences, and that was when I got really alarmed,” Kate told Cosmopolitan of what was going on before her surgery. “I thought maybe it was menopausal symptoms, because there are a lot of the same markers, but I really pushed to see a neurologist, I just had an instinct. 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. And three days later I was in surgery having it removed.”

“They suspected that it was benign, but they wouldn’t know for sure until they got in there. It was over 5cm, like a small lemon in my head, causing quite a bit of damage: there was a lot of swelling, and I had starting getting shooting pains in my head,” Kate said. “As much as it was scary, I was sort of in robot mode once I found out. I was relieved that I could get in with a great doctor and one of the most amazing surgeons in the world, and have them take care of it. I had the MRI and three days later I was in surgery, and it was benign and they were able to get all of it.”

We’re so glad Kate is doing well!

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  • Lili

    How scary, I hope she is okay.

  • namers

    I enjoyed her show Bad Judge and I wish her the best.

  • M. KATHERINE Tuggle

    I had the same thing that was discovered in March of 2016. We are blessed . Many are not able to function after this surgery. My Dr. and the staff
    of other medical professional were amazed I survived.There needs to be more discussion on Meningioma.


    Good for her.

  • Sal

    Dearest Kathy is 50 years old today! Friday the 13th no less! (born in 1967).