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Kelly Stafford, wife of QB Matthew Stafford, having brain surgery to remove tumor

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Posted at 9:57 AM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 18:25:45-04

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford, announced that she is having brain surgery to remove a tumor.

The announcement came on Tuesday morning in an Instagram post showing a scan and a photo of she and Matthew.

According to the post, she began to notice things were different within the last year, and would get dizzy or off balance.

"Things that I had been doing my entire life were now, all of a sudden, difficult," the post reads.

She said she then kept getting vertigo after January and they went to the ER, but all signs were that she was fine.

Eventually, after several vertigo spells, the Lions' team doctor suggest she get an MRI of the brain to rule everything major out.

"A few days later we were hit with the results, she wrote. "I had a tumor sitting on some of my cranial nerves. The medical term they used was an acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma All I heard was brain tumor & that they had to do surgery to take it out.. so that is what we are going to do & we believe we found the best doctor to do it. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery."

She didn't say when the sugrery was, but did ask or prayers and calmness in the next two weeks.

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This is a picture of Matthew & I the day we found out. I said I wanted this picture of us, so that the day this was all over, we could look back at this photo & remember. Within the last year, I began to notice things that I thought was just me getting older.. I would show my girls how to do a front roll or twirl in ballet class and immediately feel dizzy & off balance... Things that I had been doing my entire life were now, all of a sudden, difficult. The beginning of Jan was when I experienced my first spell of vertigo..It kept happening & then it happened while I was holding Hunter. Matthew took me straight to the ER. They checked vitals & bloodwork, all were fine.. Several vertigo spells later, Matthew’s team doctor recommended we go get an MRI of my brain to rule everything major out. A few days later we were hit with the results. I had a tumor sitting on some of my cranial nerves. The medical term they used was an acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma All I heard was brain tumor & that they had to do surgery to take it out.. so that is what we are going to do & we believe we found the best doctor to do it. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery. I am. I am terrified of them opening my head, I’m terrified of losing my hearing, I’m terrified of losing facial function, I’m terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long.. I am telling y’all this to ask for prayers and support. Things to pray for: -calmness in these next 2 weeks as I know anxiety will run high in myself & my whole family leading up to the day of surgery. -that God be in the room with the surgeons & give them all the guidance, steadiness, & confidence they need. -my safety during and after surgery. -please pray for matthew as I know his nerves will be high during this surgery. I couldn’t imagine being out in that waiting room. Thank u. Thank u for reading this novel. thank u for all your support and most importantly, thank u for your prayers.

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