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Kate Walsh opens up about being diagnosed with 'very sizable' brain tumor

Kate Walsh opens up about being diagnosed with 'very sizable' brain tumor

It sounds like something that would happen on Grey's Anatomy or Private Practice, not in real life: In 2015, Kate Walsh's doctor told her something no one ever expects to hear: "You have a brain tumor".

Walsh visited a neurologist, at which time she went to bat for her health.

The news came in 2015 after Walsh began feeling increasingly exhausted following the wrapping of her guest-starring role on NBC's Bad Judge. My mother gave me rosary beads, my friend gave me a stuffed animal to go into surgery with... Walsh noticed that she was swerving to the right while driving, losing her train of thought and struggling to find words. As she confides to Cosmopolitan, she drinks five coffees per day, reduces its use of time, but nothing, it's hard to stay awake. "And then around April, I started having more cognitive difficulties".

As much as it was scary, I was sort of in robot mode once I found out.

Kate says she "left [her] body" when she got her diagnosis.

She was in surgery three days after the MRI, and doctors removed the tumor completely, she says.

In June of 2015, doctors identified the brain tumour - "a meningioma the size of a lemon" - and upon extraction, it was determined to be benign. "I left my body". "I love to work hard and do 800 things at once, and this was a really incredible lesson in just submitting to the process of healing", she says. "It was never anything I would have imagined".

Now, two years later, the actress has fully recovered and is back to her busy schedule. "I love the idea of changing the framing around healthcare, and changing it from a reactionary thing - 'Oh my god, I'm sick, I have to go to the doctor" - to something more along the lines of preventive care. "It was insane. The whole situation was so overwhelming, and I was just so relieved to know there was something wrong, that it wasn't just my imagination and that my instincts were correct". "I love to work hard and do 800 things at once, and this was a really unbelievable lesson in just submitting to the process of healing", she shared.