Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, announced Wednesday that she will undergo surgery this month to detect a brain tumor that was discovered earlier this year.
She posted the diagnosis in a lengthy post on Instagram. She explained the process of what she and her husband had gone through, from their initial dizziness to the diagnosis of doctors.
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This is a picture of Matthew and me, the day we found out. I said I wanted this photo of ourselves so that we can see everything again that day. Within the last year, I noticed things that I thought I was just getting older. I would show my girls how to do a front-roll or a whirl in ballet lessons and get dizzy and out of balance right away … things I've had to do all my life have now been difficult. In early January, I experienced my first dizzy spell. It happened again and again and then it happened when I held Hunter. Matthew took me straight to the emergency room. They checked the vital signs and the blood count, all were fine. Some dizzy spells later, Matthew's team doctor recommended that we do an MRI of my brain to rule out anything important. A few days later we were hit with the results. I had a tumor on 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 take it out. That is what we will do and we believe that we have found the best doctor. I would be lying if I said I was not afraid of brain surgery. I am. I'm scared they'll open my head, I'm scared to lose my hearing, I'm scared to lose face, I'm scared of much worse things that could happen, and I'm afraid I will not take time I need to recover, because the guilt I feel is that I may be away from my children for too long … I tell you that you are asking for prayer and support. Things to pray for: – Rest in the next 2 weeks as I know the anxiety is high in me and my whole family leading up to the day of the operation. – That God is in the room with the surgeons and gives them all the guidance, stability and confidence they need. – my safety during and after the operation. Please pray for Matthew as I know his nerves will be high during this operation. I could not imagine being in that waiting room. Thank you. Thank you for reading this novel. Thank you for your support and, above all, thank you for your prayers.
Kelly Stafford, who has 153,000 followers on Instagram, said it started in January with a dizzy spell. The dizziness continued, and when she stopped the third child of the Staffords, Hunter, they went to the emergency room and had blood work done.
The blood work came back clear, but the dizziness continued, so the recommendation from a Lions team doctor had her an MRI.
The results showed that she had an acoustic neuroma presenting a benign tumor on her cranial nerves.
Stafford, who said that the prospect of brain surgery "horrified her completely," asked for prayers for herself and her family.
"Please pray for Matthew, knowing that his nerves will be during this Operation will be high. I could not imagine being in the waiting room, "she wrote.  The Staffords have been active in the Detroit community since Matthew Stafford was drafted by the Lions No. 1 NFL Draft in 2009.