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

Posted at 10:49 AM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-03 17:22:36-04

(WXYZ) — 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.

The Detroit Lions have issued the following statement in support of the Staffords:

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.