'Grey's Anatomy' actress reveals she was diagnosed with a brain tumour

goss 19/09/2017

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has opened up about her secret health scare when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.

The former TV doctor, who played Dr Addison Montgomery on the show, originally thought she was burnt out from her work schedule, but more symptoms began to show when her Pilates instructor noted a physical difference in her.

“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,” Kate Walsh told Cosmopolitan.

She had also recognised cognitive symptoms that were "beyond aphasia." 

"I couldn't find my words; I couldn't find my thought. It was subtle, then it got pretty apparent pretty quick," she told Today.com.

She was just 47 at the time, and found that when she visited a neurologist, she had to "advocate" to have a diagnostic MRI done. The scan revealed she had a "very sizable tumor" comparable to "a small lemon" on her left frontal lobe. Three days later, she headed into surgery to have it completely removed. 

“You’d think that after playing Dr. Addison for the better part of a decade, where I spent more time on a hospital set than at my house, that I would feel somehow more comfortable, but I was such a little scaredy-cat,” she revealed.

"I was very lucky that it was benign, and they got it all out."