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Actress, Kate Walsh recently opened up about a secret health scare, revealing that she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.

In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan, the former Grey's Anatomy star explained how she suffered a variety of physical and cognitive problems before being diagnosed with a “very sizable brain tumour.”

“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 actress went on to explain show she also experienced extreme exhaustion and would often lose her train of thought.

“The exhaustion got to the point where I could drink five cups of coffee and still not feel awake or clear… I would lose my train of thought, I wasn’t able to finish sentences, and that was when I got really alarmed.”

Having originally put her symptoms down to the onset of menopause, a “instinct” prompted Kate to book an appointment with a neurologist.

“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 tumour'… and I just left my body.”

Just three days after the shock diagnosis, Kate had the tumour surgically removed.

The actress took nine months off before returning to work and says the experience was the “wake up call” she needed to slow down.


Former Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice star Kate Walsh has decided to open up about why she won’t be starting a family in the future.

The 48-year old actress explained that after her divorce in 2001 from film executive Alex Young, she felt “like a loser” for not having kids. 

At the time she said she had always imagined she would be married with three or four kids by now but said “I definitely don’t want to do it on my own.”

In her latest interview with SiriusXM she said that going through early menopause has meant her dream of having children was put to rest. 

“I don’t have children. I’m not going to have kids. I went through early menopause. That happened.”

Kate said that her older sister went through early menopause and told her she needed to go see her doctor. While the actress said it was not something she had planned on doing, she eventually went along:

“It was bleak. But that was a great kind of experience and growth,” she said.

“I’ve always felt I’ve been, at times in my life, indecisive or have hard times making decisions. I go for what I want and I also embrace what’s in front of me.” 

Kate also added that the notion of "having it all" is a huge myth.

“I don’t know if you can actually have it all. I think that is actually this American myth. I wouldn’t call it a dream,” she commented.

“I think it’s a bit of a myth in that it’s this huge pressure. We’re like, ‘Wait a minute, am I less than if I’m not a mother? If I’m not a rock star in my career?’"

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