Wife of star quarterback speaks out after brain surgery

Kelly Stafford, the 29-year-old wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, announced she had a brain tumor and underwent a 12-hour surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma from her cranial nerves.
3:23 | 04/23/19

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We are back now with that health scare for a young mother and wife of an NFL quarterback. 29-year-old Kelly Stafford discovered she had a brain tumor undergoing a marathon surgery to remove it. Now she has an inspiring message this morning. Eva pilgrim is here with her story. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: It'seen a whirlwind going from diagnosis to surgery if three weeks and admitted she was terrified of the possibility of losing her hearing or facial function. This morning she is learning her new normal. Kelly Stafford was the epitome of good health. The wife of the Detroit lions quarterback Matt Stafford posted videos of heavy boxing and working out. Nearly three weeks ago she announced she had a brain tumor. The 29-year-old sharing this video of her up and walking with her husband and family after a 12-hour surgery to remove an accoustic neuroma, benign tumor sitting on heir cranial nerves. If anyone tries to slide attack you, you're protected. Reporter: She revealed her doctor faced an unexpected challenge writing when they opened me up I had an abnormal vein, maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons but not the one we chose. She posted in pain but trying to hold off on meds because I want to see my kids. I want to be coherent. Tomorrow it'll have been a whole week that I haven't seen them and my heart aches. The normally active mother says it was when she was playing with her girls that her symptoms would start to appear like dizziness, loss of balance and even vertigo spells. She says it was the lions team doctor who urged her to get an mri. Two weeks after she got the results Stafford was admitted to the hospital but this morning, Stafford thanking fans saying, this Easter is the beginning of a new life for my. Thank you for all your support, thoughts and prayers. And Kelly Stafford still has a long road ahead. Her husband's team saying they are giving their full support to the family who has given so much to their community, robin. Thank you so much you so much. Dr. Jennifer Ashton joins us now. Good morning, first of all. Tell us more about this condition. So young. Rare in general, even more rare in such a young person. This is a benign brain tomb their starts in the cells that surround the nerves and occurs in 1 in every 100,000 people. The most common age of diagnosis is 50. She's outside of the rank in general and in terms of symptoms, one-sided hearing loss, a ringing in the ear or vertigo, that dizziness, balance problems, but we have to remind ourselves that just because you may have these symptoms didn't necessarily mean you have an acoustic neuroma. She has a recovery ahead of Any time you talk about neurosurgery or surgery on the brain, the most important thing, swelling an preserving the nerve, blood pressures and tissue around where the surgery is going but every reason to be optimistic. She's sharing. It's so helpful. Awareness about something that's rare and the underlying message of hope which is the foundation of meditation. Sometimes brain tumors can be successfully treated. The pictures we see with her family and her husband, everybody standing by her. We got a birthday girl, y'all.

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