'Grey's Anatomy' Alum Kate Walsh Reveals She Was Diagnosed With Brain Tumor


Kate Walsh (Addison Montgomery) went public about her brain tumor diagnosis.

Kate Walsh Was Diagnosed With A Brain Tumor In 2015

Kate Walsh, who is best known for her roles as Addison Montgomery on ABC's Grey's Anatomy and Olivia Baker in Netflix's 13 Reasons Why, was blindsided by a diagnosis that suddenly made her play the part of a patient. But, unlike television, this was very real. Recently, Walsh went public about her brain tumor diagnosis from 2015.

"I was shocked," Walsh said, recalling the moment her doctors revealed her MRI results. "It was not what I expected."

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What Type Of Brain Tumor Did Kate Walsh Have?

Walsh was diagnosed with a benign meningioma, which is a tumor that comes from the lining that encases the brain and spinal cord.

Walsh underwent surgery three days after the diagnosis at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where doctors confirmed that the brain tumor was benign.


What Are Symptoms Of Meningioma?

Before her official diagnosis, Walsh believed she was simply suffering from exhaustion, seeing as she just finished up producing and starring in the show Bad Judge.

However, Walsh was having a difficult time concentrating. Her balance was also off and she developed headaches.

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said that exercise is "typically when people will see subtle motor changes, because they're really comparing both sides of their body."

Walsh's cognitive issues continued to decline.

"I would reach for words or thoughts, and I just couldn't finish them," Walsh said.


Walsh finally made it to the doctor by June 2015, where he noticed the right side of her face was slightly drooping.

Walsh's benign tumor was over 5 centimeters long and pushing against her frontal lobe.

Despite playing Dr. Addison Montgomery on Grey's Anatomy, who was married to the show's greatest neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey), Walsh had never heard of meningiomas.

"How meta," Walsh said in regards to her sudden shift from doctor to patient.


Walsh hopes that her decision to go public about her brain tumor will help raise awareness, especially considering meningiomas affects mostly women.

Walsh recently starred in a campaign by Cigna, alongside her former TV husband, which encourages people to get their annual checkup.

When it comes to your health, Walsh advises: "Trust your instincts. Trust your body."


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