Mom blogger Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, recently underwent a 12-hour surgery in order to remove a tumor from her brain.

Though the surgery was a success, she has now revealed just how difficult recovery has been.

The mother of three first noticed something was off last year when she started feeling dizzy and had spells of vertigo, Dearly reported.

Stafford was diagnosed with a non-cancerous tumor called an acoustic neuroma or vestibular schwannoma, which can affect hearing and balance.

In an update after surgery, the mom blogger seemed positive. She thanked her followers for their support and said it was “a new start.”

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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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She wrote, in part:

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.

The mother of three headed home to start the healing process. However, Stafford revealed on Wednesday that she has once again been hospitalized after pain during recovery became too much.

In an Instagram post, Stafford wrote:

A little update:

I thought I could do it. They told me tapering off the steroids was going to be very difficult. The first picture was yesterday when I was on what I thought was my last day of steroids. I thought I could power through the pain and massive headaches that were challenging me throughout the day. I figured i could pull my strength from one of the strongest people I know, matthew. I told myself the pain would succumb to me, I wouldn’t succumb to it.

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A little update: I thought I could do it. They told me tapering off the steroids was going to be very difficult. The first picture was yesterday when I was on what I thought was my last day of steroids. I thought I could power through the pain and massive headaches that were challenging me throughout the day. I figured i could pull my strength from one of the strongest people I know, matthew. 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. Thank you again for everything. I just wanted to give a little update. They will keep me here overnight just to monitor in hopes of going home in the morning.

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The mom blogger continued:

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.

Thank you again for everything. I just wanted to give a little update. They will keep me here overnight just to monitor in hopes of going home in the morning.

On Thursday, Stafford added that she was missing her loved ones and couldn’t sleep “listening to these hospital beeps.”

Thankfully, it seems she has plenty of support. Her followers flooded her posts with well-wishes and prayers, which she said she was thankful for.

For now, Stafford said her recovery will be “mind of matter.”

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6 Replies to “Wife of Lions Quarterback Back in Hospital Following Brain Surgery to Remove Tumor: ‘I Felt Like I Had Failed’”

  • Diane 6 months ago

    God is good, all the time. Just please take care and listen to your body. Baby steps are the best when trying to heal. Remember, there are many people praying for you; me included. God Bless you, Kelly, and your family. I have been a Packer fan but will begin to cheer for your husband and the Lions, too. BTW, I live in Michigan!

  • Patricia Johnson 6 months ago

    You have to take your time and listen to your body……the medication is to,help you through recovery…use it. Just so,thankful the same Dr. Rock who operated on my brain tumor and brought me through the surgery successfully was there for your very complicated surgery.
    Trust in the Lord will all your heart and be patient. Don’t rush your body.

  • June Fontana 6 months ago

    Take your time and heal. You have a family that loves you and they will be there to help. Stay strong.

  • Judy Underwood 6 months ago

    I’m so sorry that this whole ordeal has happened to you! It can’t even be easy to be in such pain and unable to function when you know your family needs you! So hard! But Kelly, you know you are in strong hands and God will never let you down! Above all, He is there and knows your need and loves you so very much. It is only the Lord Jesus that will get you through this so keep your focus on Him and trust Him completely! There have been more times than I can begin to count and He has never failed me or my family! I am 81 and have lived enough years to tell you God is real and hears all our prayers and answers every one!! Sweetheart, I know you will get through the this very tough time in your life and will to be a blessing to all those around you!

  • Anonymous 6 months ago

    I had acoustic neroma surgery 21 years ago. It took some time to feel well. Do not think it is not going to appen It will I soon will be celebrating my 83 rd birthday and lived a great life after surgery. Good luck to you. You will succeed with help from family and God. You should talk to the acoustic neroma society. They were helpful for me

  • Linda Fletcher 6 months ago

    Again, my brother-in-law, childhood friend, and daughter-in-law have all had this surgery. Everyone thinks it’s over as soon as surgery is finished. You have to remember that those hours were spent inside your brain…and it takes longer than one expects to completely recover.
    So what if you need more steroids or meds?
    ( I remember the first visit to the brother-in-law…he was eating an apple and seemed like a robot to me…no empathy, caring, etc…just a shell. Scared me to death.) Take your time and try not to worry…just tell yourself it is the new normal, for a while.

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