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Jeannie Gaffigan's Battle with Brain Tumor; Her husband Jim Gaffigan was a big support. See the story of the Inspiring Couple
Updated On 14 Mar, 2023 Published On 05 Jun, 2017
Jeannie Gaffigan's Battle with Brain Tumor; Her husband was a big support. The couple is blessed with five children living happily together. Jim is a loving husband and a proud father of five children.
Jim Gaffigan's wife Jeannie is a proud mother of five, a respectful wife, a brilliant actress, producer, and writer, and now, a cancer survivor too. She's an inspiring woman, the talented individual, Jeannie Gaffigan.
Without the support of her husband, famous comedian Jim Gaffigan, Jeanine would never have fought back such a painful time with such determination and a positive attitude.
Now, she's recovering with better results, and the entire family is happy and healthy. So, today let's take a moment from our busy lives to know about the amazing relationship between Jeanine and Jim.
A year-long cancer battle of Jeannie Gaffigan: Big support from her husband and family
For several months, Jeannie Gaffigan suffered headaches and dizziness and she ignored the symptoms, thinking they would go away over time.
Jeannie Gaffigan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April 2017, Source: Headlines & Global News
But when she started to lose her hearing capability, the Gaffigan family was struck with a huge worry. The worst happened when in April 2017, Jeannie was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, medically termed a Papilloma of the choroid plexus by Dr. Joshua Bederson, Professor and System Chair Department of Neurosurgery at The Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.
Jeannie with husband Jim attending a screening of Sony Pictures Classics 2016, Source: GettyImages
The tumor had grown much bigger, and it was the size of an apple inside her brain! The powerhouse couple sought after all the medical professionals and contacted the neurosurgery team atMount Sinai Hospital, who strictly recommended immediate surgery.
Jeannie Gaffigan's Brain Surgery
Hence, on April 18, the surgery was carried out, which took over nine hours and a lot of patience for Jim and his five wonderful kids.
Fortunately, the operation turned out a success, as the team removed all the tumors without damaging Jeanine's 12 cranial nerves! What a relief!
Jeannie who is the writer and collaborator of her husband's popular show, The Jim Gaffigan show also suffered from aspiration pneumonia after the surgery, but now she's recovering pretty well with a temporary tracheotomy and a feeding tube.
Blissful married life of Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan
Born to a theater and film critic, Jeannie was doing her Master's degree in directing at Marquette University, but when she interned at a theater in Milwaukee, she found her passion for acting.
She quit her Masters and moved to New York and started her acting career. She took acting and improv classes and even tried her hand at comedy.
She moved to Nolita, NY and that's when she met a budding stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan at Nolita Korean market, a few blocks away from her apartment.
Jeanine with husband Jim at an event together, Source: Headlines&Global news
Sounds cliche, but they actually bumped into one another at the market back in 2000. They had seen each other before at a local club where she saw him perform.
She was already pretty impressed with the actor. Later on, both got the chance to work together on a project- a pilot comedy series making Jeanine his acting coach.