A few months ago, Comedian Jim Gaffigan's wife, writer and producer Jeannie Gaffigan was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumor. The tumor, which was the size of an apple was wrapped around her brain stem, and in late April she underwent a successful surgery where the tumor was removed without damaging the cranial nerves.
The long road to recovery has not been easy for the Gaffigan family, but consider themselves lucky to have wonderful and supportive friends. This week Jim took to social media to express his appreciation to them all, and to highlight chef and friend Mario Batali for paying tribute to him and his wife during such a difficult wedding anniversary for the pair.
He wrote this on his Instagram:
I realize we live in strange, maybe even mean times. Like you, I read the news daily shaking my head with horror how humans treat other humans. But there are some amazing people out there. When @jeanniegaffigan was diagnosed with a brain tumor so many friends, family and strangers stepped up to offer meals, help, encouragement and prayers. It really blew me away. Thank you so much for everything. One friend was @mariobatali who with his wife Suzi sent over numerous elaborate gourmet meals to feed me, the kids and our helpers. Last week I emailed Mario asking him to hep me find a place for our 14th wedding anniversary. I was trying to find a nice place for us to celebrate but given Jeannie can not comfortably eat solids I was hoping to find a place that did amazing soups (yes,in July.) I knew Mario was on vacation but I hoped he could point me in the right direction. Mario responded insisting that we come to @delposto and that he would make sure we were well taken care of. When we arrived we saw that Mario had created a custom tasting menu of various gourmet soups with accompanied wines or cocktails. Of course the whole experience was insanely amazing but the generosity of kindness and compassion by Mario was most moving. Thanks Mario
"I realize we live in strange, maybe even mean times. Like you, I read the news daily shaking my head with horror how humans treat other humans. But there are some amazing people out there," Gaffigan wrote on Instagram. "When @jeanniegaffigan was diagnosed with a brain tumor so many friends, family and strangers stepped up to offer meals, help, encouragement, and prayers. It really blew me away. Thank you so much for everything. One friend was @mariobatali who, with his wife Suzi, sent over numerous elaborate gourmet meals to feed me, the kids and our helpers."
How touching; from the kindness of all these people and Jim's loving words. This story really pulls at your heart strings. Chef Batali act of kindness did not stop there for the couple. He reached out to Jim, to let him know that he wanted to prepare a special menu just for them at his restaurant Del Peston in New York City in honor of their 14th wedding anniversary. Now that’s some VIP treatment!
He wanted to give them the royal treatment to make sure that the couple’s anniversary dinner also met the restricted dietary specifications that Jeannie has. She can't eat solids so the entire menu was extravagant soups.
Jeannie also took to her Instagram and shared a photo from their dinner. Showing off the couple's dessert and thanking Batali as well for making their special night possible.
Just goes to show that offering a helping hand and showing compassion can make a world of difference when people are going through difficult times.
Jim also opted to include the ultimate wedding anniversary surprise in an Instagram post in honor of the occasion: A picture of him and Jeannie on their wedding day where he is dipping the beautiful bride as they shared a dance at their wedding reception. Cue the awws!
"14 yrs ago today I married the love of my life, @jeanniegaffigan," he wrote. "Together we've created 5 children, 5 hour specials, 2 books, 2 seasons of a TV show and one massive brain tumor." Leave it to the Fargo actor to succeed in sharing a post that's equal parts sweet and humorous! Now if only everyone’s significant other could be that crafty.
In May, Jeannie for People wrote an essay while she was recovering from her surgery. Jeannie also states in the very personal piece “I dodged a bullet and my life will never be the same. Don’t wait for the hurricane to hang on to your family and friends and to find the blessings and the glory in every detail. Do it now.” True words of wisdom, from a very strong woman.
Congratulations on another year of marriage to this loving couple! So many happy tears here!
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