Comedian Jim Gaffigan took to Facebook on Monday to reveal his wife, Jeannie, was diagnosed with a large brain tumour and recently underwent surgery.
“After nine hours of urgent surgery, the tumour was complete removed,” Gaffigan said. “She is now recovering at home. We thank you for your continued prayers,” the comedian revealed to his fans on Facebook.
The tumour was discovered in April after Jeannie underwent an MRI. Jeannie took to Instagram to update everyone as well.
“I’m coming back! Thanks for your prayers. I’m alive!” she captioned the photo.
In addition to being married, Jim and Jeannie are also writing partners. The two write his stand-up material together and have worked on his TV specials. The couple have five children together.
In an interview with People magazine, Jeannie discusses just how she discovered the tumour. She says she brushed off painful headaches, occasional dizziness, and other symptoms for months until she started losing her hearing. It was at this point that she finally got checked out.
Her surgeon, Dr. Joshua Bederson, reveals to the magazine that it was a benign papilloma of the choroid plexus, which had probably been growing inside her for over a year. “I was a ticking time bomb, waiting to be paralyzed,” Jeannie says.
Jeannie underwent nine hours of surgery to remove the tumour and, thankfully, it was a success — far beyond what either she or Jim could hope for. “They removed all the tumour,” Jim says, “and there was no damage to her 12 cranial nerves.”
She’s currently at home recovering and while she’s feeling better, it is taking some time to get back to normal. The surgery has changed her life and opened her eyes to how loving those close to her are. “The people who have come out of this have shown me how loved I am,” she says.