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Jeannie Gaffigan on her brain surgery: ‘I told God I’m not ready to go. Please help me.’

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To prominent comedian Jim Gaffigan, his wife’s brain tumor is definitely no laughing matter.

But after his wife Jeannie successfully underwent a nine-hour surgery last month, which completely removed the tumor wrapped around her brain stem, Jim can now afford to smile.

Just weeks after her surgery, Jeannie, 47, told PEOPLE that the entire medical ordeal she underwent was “a miracle.”

“There’s just going to be so much to come out of this for me,” the comedy writer said.

Jeannie said the experience has brought her closer to her Christian faith, pointing out that she has absolutely no doubt that “supernatural powers” guided her and her family through the ordeal.

Everything has completely strengthened my faith in God, because I told God, I said, ‘God, I’m not ready to go. I have work to do. Please help me,'” she said.

Jeannie also said that they have been overwhelmed by a “complete outpouring of love and spirituality.”

Her husband Jim also calls his wife’s healing a “miracle” and praises her for persevering through it all.

Read it all. 

Deacon Greg Kandra
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Deacon Greg Kandra is a Roman Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York. For nearly three decades, he was a writer and producer for CBS News, where he contributed to a variety of programs and was honored with every major award in broadcasting. Deacon Greg now serves as Multimedia Editor for Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA.) He and his wife live in Forest Hills, New York.
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