In an Instagram post on Wednesday morning, Kelly Stafford, wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, announced that she has a brain tumor and will undergo surgery to remove it.
Its formal diagnosis is acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma, a very rare type of benign tumor that develops in the nerves that go from the inner ear to the brain, according to the MayoClinic. It can cause hearing loss, loss of balance, dizziness and facial numbness.
If treated properly, in this case, it is surgically removed, it is generally not considered life-threatening.
Kelly said she experienced the symptoms for the first time in the last year when "I would teach my daughters to roll or spin in ballet clbad and immediately I would feel dizzy (and) unbalanced." She and Matthew have three girls.
His first vertigo spell came in January. When the vertigo persisted, the Lions team doctor recommended that Kelly undergo an MRI of her brain, which gave the news discouraging. She shared the MRI in her Instagram post.
This is a picture of Matthew and me the day we found out. I said that I wanted this picture of us, so that the day this was all over we could look back on this picture and remember. In the last year, I began to notice things that I thought was only as I got older. I would teach my daughters to roll or spin in ballet clbad and immediately I would feel dizzy and unbalanced … Things I had I've been doing all my life now, suddenly, hard. The beginning of Jan was when I experienced my first vertigo spell … It kept happening and then it happened while holding Hunter. Matthew took me directly to the emergency room. They checked the vital signs and the blood tests, they were all fine … After several episodes of vertigo, the doctor from Matthew's team recommended that we take an MRI of my brain to rule out everything important. A few days later we were hit with the results. I had a tumor in some of my cranial nerves. The medical term they used was an acoustic neuroma or a vestibular schwannoma. All I heard was a brain tumor and they had to undergo surgery to remove it … so that's what we're going to do and we think we found the best doctor to do it. that. I would be lying if I said I was not completely terrified by brain surgery. I am. I'm terrified that they'll open my head, I'm terrified of losing my hearing, I'm terrified of losing my facial function, I'm terrified of much worse things that could happen, and I'm terrified I will not make the decision. time I need to recover because of the guilt I might feel for being away from my children for too long … I tell all of you to ask for prayers and support. Things to pray for: calm in these next 2 weeks, since I know that anxiety will increase in my person and in my whole family before the day of surgery. – May God be in the room with the surgeons and give them all the guidance, stability and confidence they need. -My security during and after surgery. -Please, pray for Matthew, since I know your nerves will be high during this surgery. I could not imagine being outside in that waiting room. Thank you. Thanks for reading this novel. Thank you for all your support and most importantly, thank you for your prayers.
"All I heard was a brain tumor (and) they had to have surgery to remove it, so that's what we're going to do (and) we think we found the best doctor to do it," Kelly wrote on Instagram. "I would be lying if I said that I was not completely terrified by brain surgery, I am, I am terrified that they open my head, I am terrified of losing my hearing, I am terrified of losing my facial function, I am terrified of much worse things that could happen and terrifies me that I do not take the time I need to recover because of the guilt I might feel for being absent from my children for too long.
"I am telling you this to ask for prayers and support, things to pray for: peace of mind in these next 2 weeks, since I know that anxiety is going to my head and to my whole family before the day of surgery, may God be in the room with the surgeons (and) give them all the guidance, the firmness, (and) the confidence they need, my safety during and after the surgery, and pray for Matthew, since I know your nerves will be high during this surgery Do not imagine being in that waiting room, thank you. "