Kirsten Storms announced she had brain surgery to remove a cyst earlier this week.
Storms 37, took to her Instagram Stories on Friday, June 4, to explain why exactly she was wearing a neck brace following the procedure.
“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. It was on the lower portion of my brain,” Storms shared.
The former Disney Channel star, who starred in the Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century franchise from ages 14 to 20, made it clear she is not fighting cancer.
“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 added.
“I had a very large cyst that had split into two, and the doctor said it was, like so full the pressure was very noticeable when they opened up my skull. [It] sounds so weird.”
She stayed at the hospital for a few days post-operation, and after her discharge, former costar Emme Rylan drove her home where a nurse would provide aftercare.
“I will be on the mend for the next several weeks, but I will be back at work when this is over with,” she said. The star continued with a bit of backstory when it came to her health.
“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. 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.”
But what they found next was something much more serious than Storms believed.
“That’s when we stumbled upon a rather large, very full of fluid, cyst that was attached to the lower portion of 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. I’m not gonna lie, brain surgery had me nervous, but I’m immensely thankful to my family, friends, and incredible “work family” who have been supportive, kind and loving during a time when I’ve been feeling a lot of emotions.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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