Earlier this year, Kelly Stafford got the news she never thought she would hear. She had a brain tumor.
Now, just five months after her brain surgery, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is opening up about the ordeal, and how she is feeling today.
“These days, I feel pretty good,” Kelly says in a first person essay shared with ESPN. “Days are longer. Some days are hard — some mornings I wake up a little foggy, and know I have to take the day a little slower. It’s rarer for me to get dizzy.”
In the essay, Kelly revealed that she was given a 50% chance of losing her hearing as a result of the tumor and surgery, and various hearing problems continue to plague her.
“Background noise can be tough,” she says. “I’ll probably look into hearing aids for safety reasons soon. I do hope to go to football games again, but I don’t want to injure the ear we worked so hard to save.”
And while she can’t help but notice the various effects of the surgery still to this day, Stafford tells ESPN that she doesn’t pay too much attention to them.
She now knows what’s really important in life, and that’s the love of family.
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“This football season, in general, feels different for us,” she says. “We have a different outlook. Matthew is still going out there and doing everything he can for the team, but going through this, you realize that in the end, family is the only thing you have. So we’re just making sure we have our family and that we’re kind to everybody. Those are the things we focus on.”