The nice-granddaughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Desiree S. Anzalone, died Sept. 27 at 31 following a battle with breast cancer.
Anzalone, Ball and Arnaz’s first great-grandchild, had been receiving therapy at Smilow Cancer Middle in Connecticut, based on Folks.
“Watching her slip away … I wouldn’t want it on my worst enemy,” Anzalone’s mom Julia informed the weekly. “No mom ought to have to observe that.”
“She was so lovely, simply so so lovely inside and out,” Julia added. “She actually, stroke a chord in my memory loads of my grandmother, extra so than I.”
Desiree was the daughter of Julia Arnaz and Mario Anzalone, and her maternal grandfather, Desi Arnaz Jr., was the youthful of “I Love Lucy” stars Desi Sr. and Ball. Desi Jr.’s start was written into “I Love Lucy,” although CBS requirements at the time mandated the phrase “pregnant” not be uttered on-air.
Desiree, who labored as a photographer, had battled breast cancer because the age of 25; it was initially recognized as stage 2. She elected to bear a double mastectomy and subsequently went into remission, although two years in the past, medical doctors decided that the cancer had returned, unfold elsewhere in her physique and progressed to stage 4.
Julia mentioned that her daughter needed to lift consciousness concerning the sickness throughout October’s Breast Cancer Consciousness Month.
“Desiree needed to place consciousness out for when you really feel something, simply since you’re a sure age doesn’t imply that it could’t occur to any person … It’s simply not talked about loads. It’s often individuals of their late 30s, 40s, 50s — not any person at this age. In order that was one thing that she actually needed — to assist different ladies like her.”
Desiree is survived by a number of members of the family, alongside together with her fiancé and caregiver, Chris Reynolds, who “by no means left her aspect” and “was there with us when she handed,” Julia mentioned.
“I hope she comes to go to me every so often,” Julia mentioned. “Now she will journey all these locations she needed to see, however simply come see me every so often.”