Menounos shared a video on her Instagram from her June surgery to remove the tumor. She was quoting Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa of the famous “Rocky” series.
She explained that she requested “Gonna Fly Now” from the soundtrack as her theme music going into the surgery just before wishing Stallone a happy birthday.
Anyone who knows me well knows that @officialslystallone Rocky movies mean so much to me. This quote has gotten me through my darkest hours. This video was taken just after I got out of 7.5 hours of brain surgery. I couldn't see bc the nerves dr black worked around got a little affected so just out of surgery my eyes were flickering and everyone was crying and this was my response. Truly it ain't about how hard you hit… Ps here's the full quote as I hope it can inspire you: Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done! Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa Fun fact: I asked for gonna fly now as my theme music going into surgery! @peopleewnetwork Happy birthday @officialslystallone
Menounos shared the quote:
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!
Menounos’s devastating news came while she was still caring for her own mother who has cancer. The former anchor’s surgery was scheduled with her mother’s surgeon.
“I don’t have my balance fully yet, but as long as I’m holding on to Keven, I’m sturdy and fine,” Menounos said, mentioning her fiancé Keven Undergaro. “My face is still numb. This is something that takes at least a month of healing, but I’m getting stronger and stronger every day, and I’ll be back to normal very soon.”