(FOX 2) - Kelly Stafford announced on social media Wednesday that she will be having surgery to remove a tumor from her brain.
Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, wrote in a lengthy Instagram post that an MRI found a tumor on her cranial nerves. She says the medical term doctors uses was acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma.
"Within the last year, I began to notice things that I thought was just me getting older," she wrote. "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."
Stafford says it was the beginning of January when she experienced her first vertigo spell. Then it happened when she was holding Hunter, the youngest of her three daughters. She says Matthew immediately took her to the Emergency Room, but vitals and bloodwork can back clear.
Several vertigo spells later, Stafford says her husband's team doctor recommended they get an MRI. The results came back and she announced Wednesday that she'll be having surgery, and believes they 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 guilty I might feel of being absent from my kids is for too long," she wrote.
Stafford says she shared the news to ask for prayers and support (see the entire statement below).
"Please pray for Matthew as I know his nerves will be high during this surgery," she said.
The Detroit Lions organization released the following statement:
"The Detroit Lions fully support Kelly, Matthew and the entire Stafford family during this difficult time. Over the years, their selfless commitment to helping others and improving the communities in which we live and work has made a lasting impact on the lives of so many. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support.
"On behalf of the Stafford family, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the situation at this time."
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.