Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, is opening up more about some of the side effects she is still dealing with after having brain surgery to remove a tumor last month.

As Dearly previously reported, Kelly first learned about the tumor in her brain after she began dealing with dizzy spells that often happened while she was playing with her and Matthew’s three daughters.

An MRI revealed that the tumor was sitting on Kelly’s cranial nerves. She was diagnosed with vestibular schwannoma.

Shortly after undergoing successful surgery, Kelly began opening up about the road to recovery. Most recently, Kelly opened up about the side effects she is still dealing with a month after having the tumor removed.

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I’d be lying if I told you it was easy to show you these photos. Here is the reality. This was me a few weeks before my surgery..these pics go back and forth from before the surgery to me at the wedding two weeks ago. I have weakness on my right side.. might look slight to others, but it’s very noticeable to me. I have to wait 6 -12 months to know whether this will be permanent or not. This is a VERY GOOD result from surgery.. it’s just a “slight difference” in a face you’ve been staring at for 29 years can be a big difference to you. I wish I could tell you it didn’t bother me, that I haven’t cried about it.. But I want to be transparent and truthful about this entire process, the good and the bad.. and to be honest I’m extremely, EXTREMELY insecure about this. I see it in my eyes and in my smile. Every time I laugh I cover my mouth because that’s when it’s most noticeable.. that’s when I’m most vulnerable. Although the difference is slight, it changed my smile. I feel the weakness when I pucker to kiss my husband and when I try to make kissy noises to my girls. My right eye doesn’t close all the way and therefore, I have learned how irritating a dry eye can be and how important it is to carry eye drops in every purse.. If this is permanent, i know eventually I will be ok with it. I may sound superficial with this post and dont get me wrong, I am so grateful that I am here and healing.. but I want to be upfront and honest. For anyone going through any type of facial weakness, just know you are not alone and if I find anything that helps, I will for sure share. *On another note, my balance is improving every day and my good days are greatly outnumbering my bad. Im getting back into my routine and it feels so good. I’m beyond thankful for that and in the end, I know getting back to myself on the inside is all that really matters.

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In an Instagram post, the mom of three wrote:

I’d be lying if I told you it was easy to show you these photos. Here is the reality. This was me a few weeks before my surgery..these pics go back and forth from before the surgery to me at the wedding two weeks ago. I have weakness on my right side.. might look slight to others, but it’s very noticeable to me. I have to wait 6 -12 months to know whether this will be permanent or not. This is a VERY GOOD result from surgery.. it’s just a “slight difference” in a face you’ve been staring at for 29 years can be a big difference to you.

Kelly went on to reveal how much the weak muscles on the right side of her face bothers her.

She admitted that it has made her cry and that’s why she’s being open about it now:

I want to be transparent and truthful about this entire process, the good and the bad.. and to be honest I’m extremely, EXTREMELY insecure about this. I see it in my eyes and in my smile. Every time I laugh I cover my mouth because that’s when it’s most noticeable.. that’s when I’m most vulnerable.

Although the difference is slight, it changed my smile. I feel the weakness when I pucker to kiss my husband and when I try to make kissy noises to my girls. My right eye doesn’t close all the way and therefore, I have learned how irritating a dry eye can be and how important it is to carry eye drops in every purse.. If this is permanent, I know eventually I will be ok with it. I may sound superficial with this post and dont get me wrong, I am so grateful that I am here and healing.. but I want to be upfront and honest.

Kelly then sent some encouraging words to others going through something similar, like facial weakness. She wants those people to know they aren’t alone.

And on the bright side, she is continuing to get better every day. She added:

“My balance is improving every day and my good days are greatly outnumbering my bad. I’m getting back into my routine and it feels so good. I’m beyond thankful for that and in the end, I know getting back to myself on the inside is all that really matters.”

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