At the beginning of August, comedian Rosie O’Donnell posted a free-verse poem on her blog about her fiance Michelle Rounds’ rare desmoid tumors diagnosis. And now on Monday (Aug. 20), O’Donnell waxed poetic about her own recent health scare.
“last week i had a heart attack,” she writes in her all-lowercase style. “i had an ache in my chest/both my arms were sore/everything felt bruised.”
She goes on to say that she felt nauseated, hot and clammy, which eventually led her to Google the symptoms — but not call 911.
“50% of women having heart attacks never call 911,” O’Donnell writes. “200,000 women die of heart attacks/every year in the US/by some miracle i was not one of them.”
The following day, the comedian went to see a cardiologist who did an EKG and admitted her to the hospital to put in a stent.
“my LAD was 99% blocked/they call this type of heart attack/the Widow maker,” she writes. “i am lucky to be here/know the symptoms ladies/listen to the voice inside/the one we all so easily ignore.”