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.
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
we laughed loved listened
then blink – it begins
on mothers day
that won’t let up
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
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
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.
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