Kelly Stafford returns home again, says she lost 'entire balance system on my right side'

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After enduring a painful setback in her recovery from surgery to remove a brain tumor, Kelly Stafford returned home again and gave more details on what she’s been going through the past few days.

The wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford posted another status update Friday on Instagram, announcing she was back home with her family and able to spend times with her three young daughters.

Stafford also explained that, in the aftermath of the 12-hour surgery, she had completely lost her balance on the right side of her body.

“When they took out the tumor, they also wiped out the entire balance system on my right side,” Stafford wrote. “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.”

Some serious side effects were unfortunately expected from Stafford’s brain surgery, which she said was complicated by an abnormal vein. One surgeon who spoke to the Detroit Free Press said hearing loss was common with this sort of surgery, and Stafford said before the surgery she was “terrified” of more possibilities.

“I am terrified of them opening my head, I’m terrified of losing my hearing, I’m terrified of losing facial function, I’m terrified of far worse things that could happen and I’m terrified that I won’t take the time I need to recover because the guilt I might feel of being absent from my kids for too long,” Stafford wrote.

Stafford is still in the early stages of her recovery and likely faces a lengthy road to something resembling normal, but at least she’s now back home again.

Kelly Stafford underwent her 12-hour brain surgery last week. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)
Kelly Stafford underwent her 12-hour brain surgery last week. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski, File)

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