Julie Chang, an anchor and entertainment reporter for KTTV Fox 11's "Good Day L.A.," has been put on medical leave as she prepares for an operation for a brain tumor.
A CT scan revealed the tumor about two months after Chang was hit in the eye by her surfboard. Though she continued to appear on air and joked about the accident, she also was experiencing severe headaches.
"If I hadn't moved to Southern California, I wouldn't have taken up surfing, which, in a way may have saved my life," Chang said in a message to viewers read by anchor Steve Edwards.
She said in the message that the tumor was in the core of her brain. "In the next few days and weeks, the tumor will go, the hair will grow back, and I will recover with the warmth you have given me since my first day here on Fox 11."
Chang added, "I have bottled up all the love from my 'Good Day L.A.' family to take with me into the operating room. So please know that I will be okay. I will update you through my 'Good Day L.A' family and via Twitter, so don't be a stranger. I promise I will return stronger, and who knows, perhaps smarter!"