A scary ordeal. This past week, General Hospital star Kirsten Storms revealed she underwent brain surgery to remove a growing cyst.
Fortunately, the procedure went smoothly, and the actress promised she'll be back on set as soon as she's ready.
"So I’ve not really spoken about this much, or at all actually. Less than 48 hours ago, I had brain surgery, hence the neck brace," she told fans via Instagram Stories. "It was on the lower portion of my brain."
Storm then panned to her friend Emme Rylan, who is "is taking care of me until I get to my at-home nurse."
"It's been an interesting last couple of days. What they had to drain and remove was not cancer. I want to clarify that right now before the internet goes crazy-wild with rumors about this," she noted. "I had a very large cyst that had split into two. The doctor said it was so full ... the pressure was very noticeable when they opened up my skull."
"I will be on the mend for the next several weeks, but I will be back at work when this is over with. I feel like s**t so we're gonna go," the Disney Channel alum told fans as she ended the video. "Pardon my language but I think that I've earned it today. So yeah, we're going to get me home."
Storms went into more details about her diagnosis in a June 6 Instagram post.
"I spent the last few years having random health issues that I disregarded as side affects to my medications or just something I was experiencing due to age," she explained. "When I went to get an MRI for some severe neck pain I have been experiencing for the last few months (I assumed this neck pain was also causing my frequent 'migraines') my amazingly thorough orthopedist ordered an MRI of my head just to be on the 'safe side' — even though that isn’t his area of expertise. Truly a great doctor."
It was then that docs found "a rather large, very full of fluid, cyst that was attached to" the lower part of her brain.
"I feel very fortunate that my situation wasn’t more serious and that I had a wonderful neurosurgeon who immediately knew how to fix it," she continued. "Work is a great place to be everyday and for the two months leading up to my surgery. I found a lot of comfort being around the people I’ve worked beside for so many years. I’m excited to get back to it after my recovery."