“Life changes in an instant,” Rosie O’Donnell posted on her Facebook page Friday, which then linked to her blog.
Rosie O’Donnell posted a poem in free verse on her blog, “b4 the tabloids run it,” she tweeted.
The poem is about her fiancée, Michelle Rounds, who has been diagnosed with a rare condition called desmoid tumors. Sadly Ms. Rounds has been sick since Mother’s Day, May 14, but Ms. O’Donnell revealed news of her fiancée’s illness only yesterday because she must have gotten word that the tabloids were about to come out with a story.
Ms. O’Donnell, 50, and Ms. Rounds, 40, met at a Starbucks and became engaged in December after a whirlwind courtship.
Rosie, who calls Michelle Rounds "Mish," writes about her fiancee’s struggle with her illness, which included the difficulty the doctors had diagnosing the tumors, also called aggressive fibromatoses. Although most doctors consider these tumors to be benign and not malignant, they can be locally aggressive and destroy vital structures and organs. In the United States only about 900 new cases are diagnosed a year.
In the poem, Ms. O’Donnell says Ms. Rounds had surgery in June and is getting better. They have decided to postpone their wedding until next summer. Below is Ms. O’Donnell’s poem:
“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
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
good thoughts wishes prayers all welcomed”