Twins often share a special bond, one that is unlike any other typical sibling connection. This is no exception for Billie Jo Rose and Bobbie Jo Sullivan from Illinois, who are identical twins. Sullivan has come to her sister’s aid on a couple of noteworthy occasions, saving her from life-changing news not once, but twice!
At the tender age of seven, Rose was diagnosed with leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. Sullivan had willingly offered to be the donor, as they were a 100% match. The procedure was a success and Rose was able to lead a normal life, thanks to her sister. However, she did have to go through a series of tests, every month, for a long 15 years. Eventually, she was deemed cancer free!
Unfortunately, a few years after this relieving news, the cancer came back, and Rose was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. The twins were absolutely crushed.
Rose revealed that the news was shocking at the time, but not all hope was lost, as the doctors told her that the cancer was very treatable. She bravely endured another round of chemotherapy and then opted to do a total double mastectomy, as she did not want the cancer reoccurring in any way, shape, or form.
The bad news did not stop there for Rose, who later struggled with infertility due to the chemotherapy, which had irreparably damaged her ovarian function. Once again, Sullivan heroically came to her sister’s rescue and made her dream of becoming a mother, come true. You’re probably wondering right about now, where does one order a sibling like that? Sullivan donated her eggs to her sister, who went through a complex series of IVF procedures.
In May this year, Rose and her husband were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, June. Rose admits that having a family of her own now; is the best thing ever, and that she owes it all to her sister – who not only saved her life but also gave her the gift of motherhood. She deserves a trophy!
After rallying to Rose’s side twice now, Sullivan conceded that she would do it a hundred times over, without a doubt, just so she could see her sister smile.