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NFL Star's Wife Speaks Out After Terrifying Brain Surgery - 'Truly God's Work'

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Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, is recovering from brain surgery to remove a tumor.

The surgery went twice as long as expected, but was successful and Stafford is home on the road to recovery.

She explained in an Instagram post on Easter what she went through.

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This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me. I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have. When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein.. maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one We chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work. The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much. Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know. #cupscrew

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“This Easter is the beginning of a new life for me,” Kelly Stafford wrote.

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“I wanna take a second to thank all of you for all the prayers. They have worked. I know they have.

“When they opened me up, I had an abnormal vein … maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one we chose. He had seen it before and written a paper on it. That’s truly God’s work,” she added.

She thanked fans and supporters for all the love and prayers.

“The prayers for my family, I’m beyond thankful for. A six hour surgery went to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers got them through. Thank you. Thank you so much,” she wrote.

“Now I am home and learning my new norm. It’ll take some time, but I really just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. It means more than y’all will ever know,” she added.

She announced earlier this month that she had felt dizzy and off balance for about a year and decided to get an MRI. The MRI revealed that she had a tumor on her cranial nerves that required surgery to remove.

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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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“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,” Kelly Stafford wrote in the April 3 Instagram post.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely terrified of brain surgery.”

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“These tumors are benign tumors,” explained Stafford’s surgeon Dr. Jack Rock, neurosurgeon at the Henry Ford Health System, in a video published by the Detroit Free Press.

“They grow very slowly. They’re not rare, but they are not common either. They grow from the hearing nerve. They grow from an area just behind the ear and deep inside the skull.”

Kelly and Matthew met while they were at the University of Georgia. Kelly was a cheerleader and he was the star of the football team. Kelly and Matthew have three children.

Our prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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