Congratulations to both Rosie O'Donnell and her partner in their recent marriage ceremony. The wedding had been planned by both women while O'Donnell was in the ICU room recovering from a deadly "widow-maker," one of the most serious of heart attacks.
CBS reports that heart disease is still the number one killer of Americans, and one in four women will die from it. About two-thirds of women who die from heart disease did not report previous symptoms.
An EKG revealed that O'Donnell's left anterior descending artery (LAD) was 99 percent blocked. If she had not taken aspirin the night before, she would not have survived the night. Aspirin is only effective if chewed up, not swallowed whole or placed under the tongue. Aspirin helps by inhibiting platelets, and chewing the aspirin increases its effects 50% more than any other method. Only a tiny amount is needed to inhibit all the platelets in the bloodstream; in fact, small amounts are better than high doses. But since the clot grows minute by minute, time is of the essence.
Low doses of aspirin are needed between 81 and 325 mg a day. But people who think they may be having an attack need an extra 325 mg of aspirin, and they need it as quickly as possible. For the best results, chew a single full-sized 325-mg tablet, but don’t use an enteric-coated tablet, which will act slowly even if chewed.
International Business Times announced that "O'Donnell, 50, who recently suffered a heart attack, moved up her planned wedding to fianceé Michelle Rounds after Rounds was diagnosed with desmoid tumors, a rare disease that only affects three out of every million people."
Rosie O'Donnell and her partner, Michelle Rounds, were married in a very quiet ceremony because of the health of both women, prior to Rounds' first of several surgeries to remove her gastrointestinal desmoid tumors.
my wife michelle
was diagnosed with desmoid tumors in june
a mysterious rare – too often fatal disease
that affects 3 in a million people
we were to wed 10 days ago
but her illness forced us to postpone the wedding
as i was in ICU that day
i have been painting a lot
since my heart attack
2 weeks ago
those paintings r for sale
starting today we will try e bay auctions
see how it goes
all money made will be matched by me
and donated to DTRF.ORG
taken from Rosie's blog
According to IMDb, the couple, who had announced their engagement in Dec. 2011, exchanged vows on June 9 in a private ceremony in New York. O'Donnell's rep Cindi Berger tells People exclusively, "They got married but they haven't had the wedding celebration."
Desmoid tumors are a rare, cancer-like illness, also known as aggressive fibromatosis, that can arise in any part of the body, according to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. AnLa Times article by Christie D'Zurilla has found that the tumors though they cannot metastasize, they can destroy adjacent tissue, including organs, and can be life-threatening, the foundation's website says.
Rosie O'Donnell was born on March 21, 1962, into an Irish family in Commack, Long Island. She was in the middle of 5 children. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched TV nearly 24 hours a day. When she was 18, she dropped out of college and went on to do shows.
Since finding out Michelle's Rosie O’Donnell and Michelle Rounds are teaming up with the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation (DTRF) to help fundraising efforts towards research for a cure. They will kick off their efforts by participating in the annual DTRF Running for Answers 5K on October 20 and 21st in Philadelphia, PA. Registration is open now!
O’Donnell joined The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation Board of Directors and Rounds has taken the position of Fundraising Chair for DTRF. O'Donnell is donating the sales of her art work to the organization through her personal blog.