It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. Back in April, Kelly went through brain surgery, and while she’s been very inspirational sharing her story through social media, her story doesn’t end after the surgery.
The recovery process after such an intense procedure is long and arduous. The rehabilitation process is not only difficult physically, but it takes an emotional toll, too. Kelly shared her entire experience—from diagnosis to present day—in an emotional article filed to ESPN.
You should immediately read the entire thing over at ESPN, but here are a few of the moments that stuck out to me.
First, there were the small, thoughtful gestures by Matthew throughout the process. Teaching his kids to whisper to accommodates Kelly’s sensitive hearing following the surgery. Notifying Kelly everything went well in surgery by being by her bedside specifically on the right. In fact, Kelly notes it was Matthew who persisted she get checked in the first place.
Also, it was interesting to see Kelly talk openly about her relationship with the city of Detroit. With as much criticism as Matthew receives from fans, Kelly has defended him to a point of contention with Lions fans. However, Kelly notes that this experience has shown her a different side of Michiganders.
“This state can be tough on its athletes, especially one that has been here so long,” Kelly said. “We’ve been here for 11 years now, and I had never really taken to this state as much as I wanted to ... until now. Because the support that these people gave me -- you can tell how much they love him by the support they gave me. I was truly grateful for it all.”
It also appears there will be a video feature on Kelly’s story during “Monday Night Countdown” at 6 p.m. ET prior to the Detroit Lions’ Monday night game against the Green Bay Packers.