Wife thought I was joking when I told her I had brain tumour: Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo. Photo: Instagram

When Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo revealed to his wife, Sunrise 'Sunny' Coigney, that he had a brain tumour, she initially believed it to be a joke. The actor shared the news of his potentially life-threatening condition a few days after the birth of their first child in 2001.

Recalling the moment on the 'Smartless' podcast, Ruffalo explained, "When I told Sunny about it, at first she thought I was joking, and then she just burst into tears and said, 'I always knew you were gonna die young,'" as reported by aceshowbiz.com. The revelation of the tumour occurred 23 years ago, during the pregnancy of their son Keen, who is now 22 and was born in June 2001.

Ruffalo discovered he had a tumour 23 years ago when actress Sunrise, 51, was around nine-and-a-half months pregnant Keen.
Ruffalo added he made the decision to wait until after the boy's birth to break the news of his condition.
He said, "I was just like, 'I can't,' she's already like, 'Oh God, him again, does everything gotta be about him?' And so I just couldn't."

Ruffalo also said a week after his baby arrived he had to meet a neurologist and figure out a plan for his treatment, so he told Sunrise the night before his appointment.
He found out he was suffering a benign vestibular schwannoma in 2001 after he had an "intense" dream that he had a brain tumour.
Ruffalo said, "I woke up probably around 3 am, and I just had this crazy dream, and it wasn't like any other dream I ever had.

"It was just like, you have a brain tumour, and it wasn't even a voice it was just pure knowledge - you have a brain tumour, and you have to deal with it immediately."
Ruffalo had no symptoms except for an ear infection before the tumour was diagnosed when he went to the doctor for a CT scan.

He added, "The nurse calls the doctor up, I could hear them talking in the other room. She comes in, she's kinda like a zombie and she says, 'You have a mass behind your left ear the size of a golf ball, and we don't know what it is. We can't tell until it's biopsied.' "
Even though the tumour was benign, Ruffalo had surgery to remove the mass that left him deaf in his left ear.

He said, "(I am) completely deaf in one ear, and when I woke up, the left side of my face was totally paralysed. I couldn't even close my eye. I was talking out the side of my mouth."
Ruffalo's paralysis disappeared after around a year, but he still suffers hearing loss.
(With IANS inputs)

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