Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, announced Wednesday that he will undergo surgery this month for a brain tumor discovered this year.
He announced the diagnosis in a long post on Instagram. She explained the process she and her husband went through, since she began to feel dizzy until she finally knew what was happening with the doctors.
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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 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.
Stafford, who has 153,000 followers on Instagram, said it started with a vertigo outbreak in January. The vertigo continued, and when she suffered a spell while holding the Stafford's third son, Hunter, they went to the emergency room and did a blood test.
The blood test became clear, but the vertigo continued, so, on the recommendation of a doctor from the Lions team, an MRI was performed.
The results showed that he had an acoustic neuroma, which is a benign tumor, in his cranial nerves.
Stafford, who said the possibility of brain surgery left her "completely terrified," asked for prayers for her and her family.
"Please pray for Matthew, because I know your nerves will be high during this surgery, I could not imagine being in the waiting room," he wrote.
The Staffords have been active in the Detroit community since the Lions selected Matthew Stafford as the No. 1 pick in the 2009 NFL draft.