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Rosie O'Donnell's fiancee developed desmoid tumors
Rosie O'Donnell's fiancee, Michelle Rounds, has developed desmoid tumors, O'Donnell announced on her blog Friday. The Nyack resident announced the news via a poem on her site so that she could share the news before "the tabloids could run it," she wrote on Twitter.
O'Donnell chronicled the difficult medical journey that she and Rounds, a graduate of SUNY New Paltz who works as a recruiter for New-York based IT company, have endured in the past few months. The 50-year-old comedian detailed how Rounds fell ill during Mother’s Day.
“Again and again, her pain grew worse," O'Donnell wrote. "It seemed impossible. No one knew what was wrong. Life changes in an instant."
Looking for answers, the couple went through a "maze of medical mystery" until Rounds received her diagnosis. According to O'Donnell, desmoid tumors are "beyond rare," with only “900 cases a year in the U.S.” She described the tumors as “odd and curious beasts, strong and sneaky,” and that they were a “noncancer that acts cancerous.”
O’Donnell said that her fiancee is now “recovering from surgery [she had] in June” and “getting stronger every day.” She revealed that she and Rounds have begun raising “money and awareness” to combat the disease.
The reason O’Donnell went public with Rounds’ illness could be traced to a message she tweeted two days before she made the announcement. On Aug. 1, O’Donnell tweeted her irritation that a tabloid reporter was in Nyack, saying, “Some STAR magazine ‘reporter’ is hanging around Nyack -- hair place -- breakfast place -- calling micelles [sic] parents - generally being annoying.”
The couple, who announced their engagement in December, have postponed their wedding plans and plan to get married next summer. In lieu of gifts, they have requested that donations be made to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation.