It was a trip to the pediatrician with her five kids that led Jeannie Gaffigan to discover she had an apple-sized tumor wrapped around her brain stem. Instead of completely falling apart, she immediately turned to God, saying, “I’m going to need Your help. You’re going to have to guide me through this because I have no idea what I’m doing…and I still have a lot of work to do for You.”

From that point on, Jeannie moved forward with faith and trust. And it’s gotten her to a hopeful place.

Jeannie Gaffigan, as many people know, is a Christopher Award-winning writer/producer, wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan, and mother to their five children: Marre, Jack, Katie, Michael, and Patrick. As she told me during a recent “Christopher Closeup” interview, she had been enduring “massive headaches and dizzy spells,” balance issues, and even hearing loss during the early months of 2017. She wrote the symptoms off as possibly being seasonal allergies because “they were so disconnected from each other.”

When the pediatrician learned that Jeannie couldn’t hear in one ear, she examined her, but couldn’t find anything obvious, so she sent her to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist, who also found nothing wrong. That led to an MRI, which revealed the massive tumor.

On the positive side, the tumor was benign. A cancerous one that size would have killed Jeannie already. But it still needed to come out, otherwise she would be left paralyzed. That was when Jeannie prayed to God for guidance and, as she said, “I was led into the right situation.”


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