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Kelly Stafford: 'I’d be lying if I told you it was easy to show you these photos'

Posted: 4:12 PM, May 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-28 16:12:58-04
Kelly Stafford: 'I’d be lying if I told you it was easy to show you these photos'

Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions Quarterback Matthew Stafford, got candid in a post Tuesday morning about her progress following brain surgery to remove a tumor in April.

Stafford began the Instagram post: "I’d be lying if I told you it was easy to show you these photos."

She included a string of close-up photos comparing her face before and after the surgery.

"I have weakness on my right side.. might look slight to others, but it’s very noticeable to me. I have to wait 6 -12 months to know whether this will be permanent or not."

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I’d be lying if I told you it was easy to show you these photos. Here is the reality. This was me a few weeks before my surgery..these pics go back and forth from before the surgery to me at the wedding two weeks ago. I have weakness on my right side.. might look slight to others, but it’s very noticeable to me. I have to wait 6 -12 months to know whether this will be permanent or not. This is a VERY GOOD result from surgery.. it’s just a “slight difference” in a face you’ve been staring at for 29 years can be a big difference to you. I wish I could tell you it didn’t bother me, that I haven’t cried about it.. But I want to be transparent and truthful about this entire process, the good and the bad.. and to be honest I’m extremely, EXTREMELY insecure about this. I see it in my eyes and in my smile. Every time I laugh I cover my mouth because that’s when it’s most noticeable.. that’s when I’m most vulnerable. Although the difference is slight, it changed my smile. I feel the weakness when I pucker to kiss my husband and when I try to make kissy noises to my girls. My right eye doesn’t close all the way and therefore, I have learned how irritating a dry eye can be and how important it is to carry eye drops in every purse.. If this is permanent, i know eventually I will be ok with it. I may sound superficial with this post and dont get me wrong, I am so grateful that I am here and healing.. but I want to be upfront and honest. For anyone going through any type of facial weakness, just know you are not alone and if I find anything that helps, I will for sure share. *On another note, my balance is improving every day and my good days are greatly outnumbering my bad. Im getting back into my routine and it feels so good. I’m beyond thankful for that and in the end, I know getting back to myself on the inside is all that really matters.

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Kelly says she has been experiencing dryness in one eye and differences in her smile.

I wish I could tell you it didn’t bother me, that I haven’t cried about it.. But I want to be transparent and truthful about this entire process, the good and the bad.. and to be honest I’m extremely, EXTREMELY insecure about this. I see it in my eyes and in my smile. Every time I laugh I cover my mouth because that’s when it’s most noticeable.. that’s when I’m most vulnerable.

Although the difference is slight, it changed my smile. I feel the weakness when I pucker to kiss my husband and when I try to make kissy noises to my girls. My right eye doesn’t close all the way and therefore, I have learned how irritating a dry eye can be and how important it is to carry eye drops in every purse.. If this is permanent, i know eventually I will be ok with it. I may sound superficial with this post and dont get me wrong, I am so grateful that I am here and healing.. but I want to be upfront and honest.

The mother of three was met with an outpour of kind words and encouragement from supporters in the comment section.

One commenter wrote: "...you are such a #Champion! To be so willing to share your journey, your vulnerability and struggles is going to be a blessing for so many others."

Another said, "Such a beautifully brave post Kelly. I admire your perspective in your gratefulness for your positive outcome while still facing some difficulties that would be felt by any human being."

Hang in there Kelly!