Broadway's biggest cheerleader Rosie O'Donnell suffered a heart attack on August 14, according to O'Donnell's blog. The actress/comedian called her recovery a "miracle" and blogged to help raise awareness.
While in a parking lot in Nyack, New York, that morning, O'Donnell went to assist a woman who was having trouble exiting a car. Several hours later, O'Donnell began to experience pain. "I had an ache in my chest, both my arms were sore, everything felt bruised," she wrote. She ignored the pain at first, but after becoming nauseous, feeling very hot and eventually vomiting, she thought she could possibly be experiencing a heart attack. O'Donnell did not seek medical attention until the following day, when she visited a cardiologist who performed an EKG and sent her to a hopsital where a stent was placed in her arteries.
"I am lucky to be here," O'Donnell wrote. "Know the symptoms ladies, listen to the voice inside, the one we all so easily ignore, call 911!"
O'Donnell has appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Grease and Seussical. She has also frequently served as the host of Tony Awards in additon to hosting her own talk shows The Rosie O'Donnell Show and The Rosie Show. Her many film and TV credits include Sleepless in Seattle, A League of Their Own, Harriet the Spy, Nip/Tuck, The Flintstones, Riding the Bus with My Sister, Queer as Folk, Web Therapy and Curb Your Enthusiasm.