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Rosie O'Donnell reveals fiancee's 'beyond rare' illness

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Michelle Rounds battles desmoid tumors

Rosie O'Donnell is a blogger with health matters on the mind. In an entry dated Aug. 3, the comedienne reveals fiancee Michelle Rounds has been diagnosed with a 'beyond rare' disease.

Michelle Rounds battles desmoid tumors

Rosie O'Donnell's fiancee, Michelle Rounds, has been battling desmoid tumors. Though the comedienne likely already thought her love was one-in-a-million, it turns out she's technically three-in-a-million -- but not in a good way.

Revealing that Michelle Rounds (nicknamed Mish) has been battling a "beyond rare" disease, Rosie O'Donnell let her creative writing side make the public announcement, asking that prayers and good thoughts be sent their way.

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Rosie O'Donnell's entire blog entry about Michelle Rounds' desmoid tumors, dated Aug. 3, reads as follows:

took mish 2 malibu
drove to napa
stopped in big sur
heaven on earth

it was a honeymoon
before the wedding
pure bliss
we laughed loved listened

then blink – it begins
on mothers day
morning pain
that won’t let up

Michelle Rounds battles desmoid tumors

we wander thru the maze of medical mystery
confused – scared
mish gets even smaller
i get even bigger – sugar my solace

i wake many mornings
in a darkened room
on a roll away cot
with good n plenty stuck in my matted hair

undiagnosed – again and again
her pain grew worse
it seemed impossible
no one knew what was wrong
life changes in an instant

desmoid tumors
odd and curious beasts
strong and sneaky
a non cancer that acts cancerous

only 900 cases a year in the US
an orphan disease – beyond rare
only 3 people per million get this
michelle is one of them

she is recovering from surgery in june
getting stronger every day
we have joined the fight against this disease
raising money and awareness

we had to postpone our wedding
re scheduled for next summer
in lieu of gifts -
we ask for donations

DTRF Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation

good thoughts
all welcomed

What are desmoid tumors? A description on the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation site reads:

Desmoid tumors arise from connective tissue - the cells involved with the formation of muscle, fibrous and nerve tissue. Desmoid tumors, also called aggressive fibromatoses , are locally aggressive. This means that they can grow into and even destroy adjacent normal tissues, even bones. They do not, however, have the capacity to spread distantly (metastasize) throughout the body. Hence, most doctors consider desmoid tumors to be benign and not malignant. But regardless of the name, tumor-related destruction of vital structures and/or organs can be fatal.

Our good thoughts, wishes and prayers, as requested, go out to Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds! Leave your well-wishes below!

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