World News – US – Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s great-granddaughter Desiree S Anzalone dies of breast cancer at 31


« She really, really reminded me of my grandmother, » says Julia Arnaz of her daughter, Desiree S Anzalone

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Sr Her son’s only great-granddaughter died after battle with stage 4 breast cancer She was 31

Born September 15, 1989 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Desiree was the daughter of Julia Arnaz and Mario Anzalone Her maternal grandfather, Desi Arnaz Jr, was the son of the late I love Lucy stars Desi Sr and Desiree Ball was the first great-grandchild of his famous grandparents

Although her daughter passed away « peacefully » Julia, 51, tells PEOPLE that « watching her escape was right, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy No mother should have to watch this »

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« She was so special All of our kids are special, but this little girl was something else, » she adds « We were [best friends] We always are, » Julia shares her only child, whom she call « my mini me »

« She was so beautiful, so beautiful inside and out », said Julia « She really, really reminded me of my grandmother, more than me »

Desiree was first diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 25 After undergoing chemotherapy, she eventually decided to have a double mastectomy despite having been in remission for some time ago, she learned two years ago that her cancer had returned to stage 4 and had spread to the liver, lungs and bones

« She probably would’ve been with us for a few more years – it was starting to spread a lot more and the tumors were getting bigger – but we expected her to stay at least over the holidays. What didn’t work, is that she continued to have fluid around her heart, then they continued to do surgeries and it would come back like two weeks later And this time they did the operation and came back 12 hours later and [said]: ‘You have days, even hours’ It was really hard, ‘Julia told PEOPLE’ I was there before that this does not happen It was unimaginable « 

She wanted to ‘raise awareness’ in October about breast cancer awareness, says Julia, and’ raise awareness among young girls her age because it happens It’s rare, but it happens And Desiree wanted to do become aware if you feel something, just because you are a certain age does not mean that it cannot happen to anyone « 

« We just don’t talk much about it. They’re usually people in their 30s, 40s, or 50s – not someone that age, » says Julia « So it was something she really wanted – help other women like her A preventative, really « 

The ‘first time’ she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Desiree found it ‘right after her birthday, just before Breast Cancer Awareness Month And the second time, Stage 4 , was discovered three years later, right after her birthday, just before Breast Cancer Awareness Month, And then now her last – entering the kingdom of God – right after her birthday, just before Breast Cancer Awareness Month. breast cancer awareness, « says Julia » So it’s weird how it went every three years or so « 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, mother and daughter were unable to spend so much time together in her final days

« COVID-19 separated us so I couldn’t see her as much as usual because she was compromised and I didn’t want her to get sick in any way », explains Julia « So I haven’t been able to spend as much time with her as usual because of COVID since March I mean, I saw her, but not as much; we hung out almost everyday she was there De plus, she lived with me for a while « 

In April 2019, Desiree commented on how proud her famous grandmother would have been of her as she battled the disease

Sharing a screenshot of an Epoch Times article that said Desiree was « all grown up and looked like » Ball, she admitted on Instagram that she had « more Arnaz genes » than taking the ‘appearance of his grandmother

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“Such a great article wrote about me, and how Lucy and I share the same attitude about my battle with stage 4 breast cancer and how proud she would be of me,” Desiree said. , who responded to nasty comments from people who said she didn’t look like Ball

« These comments are so ridiculous and sad like calming people down I promise everything will be fine No need to be so angry Too many shallow human beings out there I have recognized all my life that I don’t not look like my great-grandmother, but rather have more Arnaz genes ”, she wrote“ So thanks everyone for saying the obvious 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 ”

She « was a beautiful photographer She loved music from the 60s and 70s She was a model, she was a singer, » says Julia now « She wrote songs Very, very talented, intelligent and intelligent girl » She also loved to perform piano and playing guitar with his father

« Unfortunately, she would have finished her university studies, but the cancer came and she could not finish », adds Julia « But she would have done it if this disease had not affected her »

Desiree is survived by her father, Mario, and his wife, Nancy; her mother, Julia, and her husband, Halbert Massey; his maternal grandmother, Susan Callahan Howe; grandfather Desi Jr; paternal grandmother, Carol Anzalone; paternal great-grandmother, Marjorie Broadhurst; half-brothers Sammy and Joe, and AJ and Nick; and her fiance and carer, Chris Reynolds

« He didn’t leave her, not for a minute », says Julia of Desiree’s fiancé « He was there with us when she died He never left her »

A month before her death, Desiree said she « felt a moment of comfort » in the midst of her pain

Sharing a quote on Instagram from Antonin Artaud alongside Frida Kahlo’s painting “The Broken Column”, Desiree said it was a bus crash that would end up being a long-standing struggle filled with periods of ups and downs and many failed surgeries « 

« When I read this quote the other day, I felt like someone was whispering it in my ear – someone who just understood and knew what the pain of my sickness felt last month or someone watching over me « , wrote Desiree » Either way, I felt a moment of comfort « 

« I lost my husband, my late husband, in a swimming accident so I endured tragedy » she said « And now my only child My late husband my sweet Tim who was the Desiree’s first stepfather, died in a swimming accident in 2012 I had a dead husband and now my daughter I definitely had my tragedies « 

About what she would say to her daughter, Julia said, « I hope she comes to visit me once in a while Now she can travel all those places she wanted to see, but come to me to see from time to time She wanted to see so many places and so many things And she couldn’t do that « 

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