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Posted: September 18, 2017

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

Actress Kate Walsh is talking about her battle with a brain tumor two years ago. She’s pictured here attending the premiere of the movie ‘Girls Trip’ on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 
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Actress Kate Walsh is talking about her battle with a brain tumor two years ago. She’s pictured here attending the premiere of the movie ‘Girls Trip’ on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 

By Nicole Moschella, Rare.us

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh is very familiar with playing a doctor on TV, but nothing could have prepared her for the moment she learned she had a brain tumor.

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Walsh opened up about the diagnosis in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, explaining that she was diagnosed with a benign meningioma the size of a lemon in 2015. She had the tumor removed that year, but said the diagnosis was a “wake up call.”

She said earlier that year that she felt exhausted all the time, but chalked it up to her busy schedule as an actress.

“I had been working insane hours, maybe 80 hours a week, and also working out really hard, so I wasn’t surprised,” she said. 

“I figured, okay, I’ll change up my workout routine, I’ll go back to mellow stuff like hiking.”

She eventually started noticing other symptoms, like swerving into the right lane while driving and issues with cognition. She went to a neurologist on an“instinct,” she said, and a MRI revealed she had a tumor on the left side of her frontal lobe.

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“The words ‘brain tumor’ were never in my zeitgeist,” Walsh said. “I went in for the MRI, and you know it’s serious when they don’t even wait. They’re like, ‘Hey, the radiologist wants to see you,’ and she starts to say, ‘Well, it looks like you have a very sizable brain tumor,’ and I just left my body.”

She underwent surgery three days after the MRI, and doctors were able to remove the mass.

Walsh took a nine-month break from acting before working on projects including “13 Reasons Why” and “Girls Trip.” Now, she makes sure to take care of herself.

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“We should go get a checkup the same way we go to the gym, just preventatively, instead of waiting for something to go wrong,” she said.


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