Rosie O’Donnell: Fiance’s Illness Inspires Poem

    August 7, 2012
    Amanda Crum

Rosie O’Donnell has announced that her wedding to fiance Michelle Rounds will be postponed while Rounds deals with medical complications from a tumor diagnosis.

The tumor is due to aggressive fibromatosis, which is very rare and only affects about 3 out of every 1 million people. While it’s classified as non-cancerous, it can cause serious health issues, and O’Donnell and Rounds want to focus on healing before taking on the stress of their wedding day.

Last week, O’Donnell posted a poem on her website explaining what had happened and asking for thoughts and prayers for Michelle.

August 3, 2012

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

DTRF Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation

good thoughts
all welcomed

O’Donnell has been married once before, to partner Kelli Carpenter; they share three children. O’Donnell and Rounds have been trying to have a baby together, but that will likely be postponed as well until Rounds is in better health.


Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum