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Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Hillary Howard of WTOP is upbeat about brain surgery


Hillary Howard (Patricia Lake/Courtesy of WTOP)
Hillary Howard is having brain surgery Tuesday. That’s the good news.

No, seriously. “I consider it a good-news story all the way around,” she told us.

Last November, the WTOP-FM evening drive-time anchor slipped and fell down the stairs, hitting her head so hard she ended up in the hospital. A precautionary scan found “this thing in my head” — a tumor known as a meningioma, completely unrelated to her fall.

It’s thought to be benign, but Howard, 49 — who is also known for stints as a TV anchor and weather forecaster on WTTG-5 and WUSA-9 — said she opted for surgery at Johns Hopkins sooner rather than later. “I’m not getting any younger, so I want it now” rather than risk that it grow and cause problems down the road. She’ll be off the air for a month, but hopefully out of the hospital by the end of the week.

“They’re going to slice my head open and, you know, take this sucker out,” she said. “If I hadn’t fallen, they wouldn’t have known it was there. I feel like a little angel pushed my foot down the step.”

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