After undergoing 12-hour brain surgery and ending up back in the hospital while attempting to wean herself off steroids and pain medication, mom blogger Kelly Stafford has been reunited with her children.

As Dearly previously reported, Stafford, who is married to Lions quarterback, Matthew Stafford, underwent surgery to remove the tumor a doctor found in her brain.

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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, a mom of three, explained on Instagram:

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.

In the days following her surgery, Stafford took to Instagram again to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and to reflect on her new beginning.

The mom wrote that she was “home and learning my new norm.” However, her recovery didn’t go exactly as planned when she wound up back in the hospital a few days after her surgery.

While being weaned off the steroids and pain medications she was prescribed, the pain became too much for Stafford to handle.

She wrote:

I told myself the pain would succumb to me, I wouldn’t succumb to it.
I was so wrong. The pain got so far ahead of me I couldn’t keep anything down, including meds. I ended up in the ER very early this morning, back on steroids and pain medication. At first, I felt like I had failed, like I couldn’t handle it.. but what I really failed at was listening to my own body. A lesson I feel like I am going to have to keep reminding myself of.

Now Stafford is home again and even got to spend a little bit of time with her three little ones.

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I’m home. I’m home and I got to spend a few hours with my little humans. It filled my heart so much. I can’t even describe it. I wish they could stay, but I know I’m not ready for all of it. When they took out the tumor, they also wiped out the entire balance system on my right side. I wish I could explain it, but I think it’s something you have to experience. I can’t turn my head right without feeling college drunk.. I’m talking end of the night, cant put one foot in front of the other, knowing you’ll be sleeping on the bathroom floor, college drunk. I have to rework my brain to know that it can only rely on my left side, which will take time, a good amount of time. And when there are two toddlers running below your feet while you are trying to relearn basic things like walking.. it makes it seem like there are a million more moving parts to it.. maybe because there are. It’s tough to go from a very active woman to having to relearn the basics of being an athlete, but these little girls give me so much strength. I want to be able to teach them every sport I learned and the day they beat me (I’m sure it’ll come fast) .. I’ll humble them by reminding them I’m only working with one side of my brain 😜 I miss them. I miss them so much, but I’m so grateful I got that time today and now I have my inspiration to keep on pushing!

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She wrote:

I’m home. I’m home and I got to spend a few hours with my little humans. It filled my heart so much. I can’t even describe it.
I wish they could stay, but I know I’m not ready for all of it.

Nonetheless, despite making progress, Stafford explained she’s still not ready to have her girls by her side fulltime yet following the surgery.

As she continued, Stafford said that “when they took out the tumor, they also wiped out the entire balance system on my right side”:

I wish I could explain it, but I think it’s something you have to experience. I can’t turn my head right without feeling college drunk.. I’m talking end of the night, cant put one foot in front of the other, knowing you’ll be sleeping on the bathroom floor, college drunk. I have to rework my brain to know that it can only rely on my left side, which will take time, a good amount of time.

And when there are two toddlers running below your feet while you are trying to relearn basic things like walking.. it makes it seem like there are a million more moving parts to it.. maybe because there are.

She added:

It’s tough to go from a very active woman to having to relearn the basics of being an athlete, but these little girls give me so much strength. I want to be able to teach them every sport I learned and the day they beat me (I’m sure it’ll come fast) .. I’ll humble them by reminding them I’m only working with one side of my brain.

Stafford concluded, “I miss them. I miss them so much, but I’m so grateful I got that time today and now I have my inspiration to keep on pushing!”

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