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Medford native Maria Menounos turns 40, exactly one year after brain surgery

Boston, MA -- 9/3/2017 - Actress and Medford native Maria Menounos throws out the first pitch before the start of the game between the Red Sox and Blue Jays during the first inning at Fenway Park. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Red Sox-Blue Jays Reporter:
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Actress and Medford native Maria Menounos in a 2017 file photo.

TV personality Maria Menounos turned 40 Friday. In an Instagram she posted of herself with her dog, the Medford native reflected on her birthday last year, the day she had surgery to remove a golf-ball-size brain tumor.

“I wake up today and a year ago on this day I celebrated a birthday,” Menounos wrote in the caption. “This year however I celebrate it OUT of a hospital. I’m so thankful to be healthy and happy today as I turn 40. God blessed me with a new lease on life.”

She continued, “This last year I’ve been healing physically from the brain surgery, but also emotionally and spiritually. I’ve also been helping others in their brain tumor journeys and it’s been a great blessing to do so. I’ve spent time — quality time — with my friends and family like I’ve never done before.”

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Later in the post, Menounos added, “Today, one year later I know I not only survived, I thrived.”