In 2017 it was discovered that Jeannie had a life threatening brain tumor severely compressing her brain stem. The subsequent urgent brain surgery, epic recovery process and ongoing therapies have had nothing short of miraculous results. Jeannie’s ordeal and the way Jim and her family dealt with it has become the subject of a large portion of the material in “Nobel Ape” and is the subject of Jeannie’s current book, yet to be released.
How Jim & Jeannie Gaffigan Are Teaching Their Kids Compassion After Her Health Scare (and Why They’re Already Making ‘Tumor Jokes’)
For comedian Jim Gaffigan and wife Jeannie, a terrifying health crisis has served as a source of renewed purpose.
Jeannie Noth Gaffigan’s Journey From Scary Discovery to Full Recovery
When Jeannie Noth Gaffigan experienced gradual hearing loss in her left ear, she was sent for a routine MRI. Noth Gaffigan, who, with her husband, is the co-writer of “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” and the mother of their five children, was stunned when the results of her scan revealed a large left-sided tumor in the posterior fossa — a small space located near the brainstem.
In May 2018 Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Jeannie’s Alma Matter, Marquette University and gave the commencement address to the graduates.
This is the second Honorary Doctorate the couple have received, the first was from Catholic University in Washington DC where they also gave the commencement address in 2016.
2018 Christopher Awards
Jeannie recently presented at the 2018 Christopher Awards presented to salute media that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Where filmmaker Ken Burns received a lifetime achievement award.