Matthew Stafford

In some gut-wrenching news this Wednesday, Matthew Stafford’s wife, Kelly Stafford, announced she has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will have surgery this month.

Stafford made the announcement in an Instagram post. Her narrative as she explains how she found out about this life-altering incident is honest, heart-breaking and inspirational.

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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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Kelly Stafford explained how she’s been experiencing dizziness and vertigo, the latter of which started happening in January of this year.



The tumor is sitting on some of her cranial nerves and is called an acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma.

Stafford shared that she is “terrified” of losing her facial function, and “terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because of the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long.”

She also asked for prayer and support during this trying time.

The Staffords have three young daughters — twins Chandler and Sawyer, and Hunter Hope, who was born last year on August 16.


Jesse Reed
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