Maria Menounos is in a reflective mood as 2017 ends.
The Medford-bred TV personality had a roller coaster year marked by health issues. In April, an MRI revealed she had a benign, golf ball-size brain tumor, which was removed on her 39th birthday, and her mother, Litsa, is still battling stage 4 brain cancer. Menounos talks about all of it in the January/February issue of Women’s Health magazine.
“Would you believe me if I told you that the brain tumor is the best thing that ever happened to me?” Menounos told Women’s Health. “It’s freed me from all of that anxiety of having to be perfect. You can’t control everything; leave it to God and just say, ‘Okay, this is my journey.’ ”
Before the tumor was discovered, Menounos said she hadn’t been to a primary care physician in about eight years due to work, but her mother’s cancer shocked her into making a change.
“Just a few months after we found my mom’s brain cancer, I started having similar symptoms: blurred vision, light-headedness, headaches,” she said. “I was having trouble speaking. But my mom’s tumor was growing and I thought, ‘I don’t have time to deal with my own issue, whatever it is.’ We’re so empathetic with everyone except ourselves.”
Menounos said she’s resolved to spend more quality time with friends and limit time online.
“I found myself thinking, ‘I’m almost halfway through my life, if I’m lucky,’ ” she said, adding that she doesn’t want to look back and ask “when you look back, have you really lived? Have you enjoyed your life? Or were you on your phone the whole time?”
It did not involve Clydesdales or polar bears or Michael Jordan. It’s an ad for retractable awnings. And it has been seen hundreds of millions of times.Continue reading »
The restaurant received high praise from Globe food writer Kara Baskin: “This is the tastiest pizza I’ve ever eaten in this town.”Continue reading »
Where did this intensified attention toward the male body come from? It’s easy to conjure some likely culprits.Continue reading »
On Sunday, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress posted a picture of herself wearing a long, lacy wedding gown and leaning into Peter Palandjian’s arms.Continue reading »
Beaten and terrorized, Lord was probably in such fear of her assailant that escape did not seem possible, specialists said.Continue reading »
The campus was abuzz as the Grammy-winning artist visited Sanders Theatre to receive the school’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.Continue reading »
Researchers can explain the source of our companion animals’ healing powers: Our pets change the biochemistry of our brains.Continue reading »
Last year the state launched HIP, which provided low-income residents money to buy fresh produce from local farmers. It was so successful, it ran out of money.Continue reading »
The eatery, with its minimal decor and plastic tablecloths, is the Fife and Drum at the Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord.Continue reading »