Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, returned to the hospital a few days after undergoing a 12-hour brain surgery.
During the weekend, the mother-of-three underwent a long operation to remove a benign brain tumor and was allowed to return home on Easter Sunday.
But Kelly, 29, checked herself back at the hospital on Wednesday after suffering from paralyzing pain after surgery when she tried to get rid of painkillers and steroids.
She went to Instagram to open up about her struggle to cope with the debilitating pain.
& # 39; I thought I could do it. They said staging the steroids would be very difficult, & she posted on Wednesday with a picture of herself wrinkled on the couch.
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Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, returned to the hospital on Wednesday, a few days after a 12-hour brain surgery during the weekend
She opened on Instagram and revealed that she struggled with pain and huge headaches and struggled to reduce steroids to help the pain
& # 39; I told myself that the pain would collapse, I would not give in to it. I was so wrong. The pain came so far in front of me that I could not hold back anything, including medication, & she revealed on Wednesday, a photo with her supporting husband Matthew Stafford
& # 39; I thought I could stand the pain and the huge headache that I challenged all day. I thought I could draw my strength from one of the strongest people I know, Matthew.
& # 39; I told myself that the pain would collapse, I would not give in to it. I was so wrong. The pain came so far in front of me that I couldn't control anything, including medication, & she added.
She revealed that she was back in the ER on Wednesday morning and back on steroids and painkillers.
& # 39; Initially it felt like I had failed, as if I couldn't handle it. But what I really didn't succeed in was listening to my own body. A lesson that I feel I need to keep reminding myself of … They will keep me here from one day to the next to check in the hope of & # 39; going home in the morning, & # 39 ; she added.
She has pictures at home of her recovery with her husband, and then a picture in a hospital bed on her return to the First Aid.
On Monday, she revealed that she underwent a 12-hour brain tumor operation during the weekend. She is pictured here after the operation with Stafford (right)
Kelly also shared a video that showed her and walked around the hospital with the help of Stafford and her mother
Kelly & # 39; s operation was supposed to last six hours, but the length doubled after doctors discovered she had an abnormal vein in her brain
& # 39; This Easter is the start of a new life for me & # 39 ;, read the caption. & # 39; I want to take a second to thank you all for all prayers & # 39;
According to ESPN, her husband Matthew Stafford had returned to workouts with the Lions on Monday, but the team assured him that he would take as much time as he needed to help his wife.
Kelly and Matthew share two girls who became two last month and an eight-month-old daughter.
On Monday, Kelly published her surgery on Instagram and shared a photo in a wheelchair with her husband and mother in a hospital.
& # 39; This Easter is the start of a new life for me. I want to take a second to thank you all for all prayers, & she wrote. & # 39; They have worked. I know they did that. & # 39;
Earlier this month, she revealed to her followers that she had an acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor that develops on balance and can cause auditory nerves and hearing loss or imbalance.
During the operation, Kelly & # 39; s doctors also discovered that they had an & # 39; abnormal & # 39; vein.
& # 39; Maybe abnormal for other neurosurgeons, but not the one we chose & # 39 ;, she wrote. & # 39; He had seen it before and wrote an article about it. That is really God's work. & # 39;
& # 39; The prayers for my family, I am grateful for that. A six-hour operation lasted up to 12 hours and although they were anxious and scared, your prayers went through them. & # 39;
Kelly posted this sweet photo of Stafford and her mother who kept her company at home after the operation
In her Easter message, Kelly revealed that she was happy to be home again and to learn & # 39; my new standard & # 39 ;.
Kelly shared a photo of her and Stafford earlier this month and revealed that the smiling selfie was actually from the day they discovered her tumor.
& # 39; I said I wanted this photo of us, so that the day this was all over, we can look back at this photo and remember, & # 39; she wrote.
Kelly then revealed that for the first time in the past year she started noticing symptoms while trying to teach ballet to her three daughters.
& # 39; I would show my girls how to make a lead or turn in the ballet class and immediately get dizzy and out of balance & she said.
& # 39; Things I had done all my life suddenly became difficult. & # 39;
Kelly revealed earlier this month that she had an acoustic neuroma, a benign brain tumor that develops on the balance and can cause the auditory nerves and hearing loss or imbalance. Depicted is her MRI with the tumor
Kelly shared a photo of her and Stafford earlier this month and revealed that the smiling selfie was actually from the day they learned about her tumor
Kelly said she started feeling dizzy this year trying to show her daughters (pictured with Stafford) ballet movements
Kelly experienced her first spell in January. But when she went to the hospital, all her tests returned to normal.
After a few dizzying attacks, the Lions team doctor advised that she would receive an MRI to exclude & # 39; everything from & # 39 ;.
& # 39; A few days later we were struck by the results, & # 39; she continued. & # 39; I had a tumor on some of my skull nerves. All I heard was brain tumor and they had to undergo surgery to get it out. & # 39;
Kelly admitted that she was & # 39; completely terrified & # 39; was for brain surgery.
& # 39; I'm terrified of opening my head, I'm terrified of not hearing anymore, I'm terrified of losing sight, I'm terrified of much worse things that can happen, "she wrote.
Kelly and Stafford first met at the University of Georgia, where he was the star quarterback and she was a cheerleader
The couple married in 2015 and now share two-year-old twin daughters Sawyer and Chandler and eight-month-old daughter Hunter. Kelly is pictured here in 2017
WHAT IS AN ACOUSTIC NEUROMA?
An acoustic neuroma, or vestibular schwannoma, is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor in the brain.
It grows on the nerve of the vestibulocochlear, which helps to control hearing and balance.
This nerve runs along the facial nerve, which transports information from the brain to the facial muscles.
Acoustic neuromas tend to grow slowly and do not spread to other parts of the brain.
WHO IS RISK?
There is only one known risk factor – having a parent who carries the rare neurofibromatosis type 2 disorder.
However, that is only good for 5 percent of the cases.
For the rest it is something of a lottery
The symptoms of an acoustic neuroma usually develop gradually and can vary in severity. This makes the condition difficult to diagnose.
A small acoustic neuroma can lead to problems with hearing loss or tinnitus.
A large acoustic neuroma can cause a number of symptoms, including headache and blurred vision, numbness, and a problem with coordination on one side of the body.
Sometimes large neuromas can also result in muscle weakness on one side of the face.
In rare cases it can also cause changes in voice or difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia).
& # 39; And I am terrified that I will not take the time I need to recover because I feel guilty that I have been absent from my children for too long. & # 39;
& # 39; Please pray for Matthew because I know his nerves will be high during this operation, & # 39; she added. & # 39; I could not imagine that I would be in that waiting room. & # 39;
Kelly and Stafford first met at the University of Georgia, where he was the star quarterback and she was a cheerleader.
Stafford was selected by the Lions with the first general pick in the NFL Draft 2009. The couple married in 2015 and now share two-year-old twin daughters Sawyer and Chandler and eight-month-old daughter Hunter.
Stafford was selected by the Lions with the first general choice in the 2009 NFL Draft