Matthew Stafford Says Wife Kelly Stafford Is ‘Right Where the Doctors Need Her to Be’

By Zachary Stieber

Detroit Lions star quarterback Matthew Stafford said that his wife, Kelly Stafford, is progressing well following brain surgery.

“She’s doing good. I think she’s kind of right where the doctors want her to be at this point in her recovery,” Stafford said during an appearance on “The Mitch Albom Show,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

His wife underwent the surgery in April.

“We appreciate everybody’s well wishes, thoughts, prayers, all that. People have been really supportive and I know she and I both really appreciate it,” Stafford said, noting that the family has received an overwhelming amount of support from fans.

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If I look extremely exhausted, it’s because I was. I barely slept the night before. This picture was taken right after the surgeon came and marked “yes” on the the right side of my head, behind my ear, to know what side he would be cutting open. That’s when it became real. That’s when it became so scary I began to tear up and shake a little. Then I looked at Matthew. He had been my rock through this entire thing and he was so calm.. and it calmed me. The night before, I wrote him and all three of my girls letters, just letting them know how much I love them. I gave them to my mom to give to him after I went into surgery. Maybe a little overkill, but hell, it was brain surgery and it was completely terrifying.. so I didn’t want to take any chances. But here I am. Healthy and alive and beyond grateful for every day.. Enjoying my husband and family and getting used to my new norms. I realized I really don’t like riding in cars, especially in the back seat.. a perfect excuse to always have shotgun. I don’t love loud, busy restaurants as much as I used to and I also struggle in areas with a lot of moving people (malls, airports, etc). I will wear heels, but with caution for me and everyone around me. I have become used to telling people I’m slightly “hard of hearing” and I’ll give you a hug, but be aware I might take you down with me if you’re not completely still while doing so. I realized dancing with my girls (shaking my booty and all) might take a few more months and I’m sure everyone is ok with that, Matthew included ???? And although not expected, but pleasantly surprising, I still love my head rubbed/massaged. And this man does it every. Single. Night. Thank you Matthew. Thank you for taking care of me and our family and always putting us first. Thank you for always being my rock and keeping me at ease during the toughest time of my life. Im lucky to know you and the man you are.. but mostly, I’m lucky you chose me to do life with. Thank you. #tbt ????????‍♀ #braintumorawarenessmonth #anwarrior #StaffordStrong

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“I’m a little bit more used to people from all over kind of either being involved or knowing what’s going on in our life, but I think for her it was awesome and I know she leaned on it a lot, so it was great,” Stafford said.

Kelly Stafford, 29, who is a mother of three children, has kept supporters up to date through social media, frequently posting pictures and videos on her preferred platform, Instagram.

In late April she shared a picture showing her leaving the hospital in a wheelchair and a video showing her up and walking around the hospital with the help of her husband and her mother, though she was still attached to an IV.

“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,” she wrote.

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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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Stafford revealed on April 3 that she had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and that she’d soon be undergoing surgery.

She said that in the previous 12 months she began to notice problems such as feeling dizzy after dancing with her children.

“Things that I had been doing my entire life were now, all of a sudden, difficult,” Stafford wrote. In January, she experienced a spell of vertigo. Then, the spells kept coming until one day she became dizzy while she was holding her son, prompting her husband to rush her to the emergency room.

Doctors couldn’t find any problems, but when Stafford kept experiencing spells of vertigo, the Lions team doctor recommended she get an MRI of her brain.

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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 MRI revealed a brain tumor described by Stafford as acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma.

The tumor is “a noncancerous and usually slow-growing tumor that develops on the main (vestibular) nerve leading from your inner ear to your brain,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

“Branches of this nerve directly influence your balance and hearing, and pressure from an acoustic neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in your ear, and unsteadiness. Acoustic neuroma usually arises from the Schwann cells covering this nerve and grows slowly or not at all,” it added.

“Rarely, it may grow rapidly and become large enough to press against the brain and interfere with vital functions. Treatments for acoustic neuroma include regular monitoring, radiation, and surgical removal,” the clinic continued.