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Gemini Helps Sister Start a Family After Saving Her Life: “Nothing I Wouldn’t Do For Her”


A pair of twins from Illinois celebrate the birth of a child years after a sister saved the other’s life.

Billie Jo Rose and Bobbie Jo Sullivan have always been close, but their bond is deeper than just sisterly affection.

Rose, 38, a Monee resident, told Fox News that she and her twin were there for each other from day one.

“And we’d have our fights, but we’d forgive each other instantly … we were never mad at each other for long,” said Rose

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Sullivan, a Lemont resident, added that they were “inseparable” – they shared a room, clothes, and even friends.

“We were never really separated,” Sullivan told FOX News.

Twin sisters Billie Jo Rose (left) and Bobbie Jo Sullivan (right) have always been close.  Sullivan told Fox News that they shared a room, clothes, and even friends throughout high school.

Twin sisters Billie Jo Rose (left) and Bobbie Jo Sullivan (right) have always been close. Sullivan told Fox News that they shared a room, clothes, and even friends throughout high school.
(Courtesy Bobbie Jo Sullivan)

“That’s why it was really hard when she got cancer,” added Sullivan. “She was probably away from me for a good year.”

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Rose was diagnosed with leukemia when they were just 7 years old, she said.

“If someone at that age tells you [that] You have a 50-50% chance of surviving this, you don’t understand, “said Rose FOX of her diagnosis.” You just know you’re sick and doctors will make you well.

When the sisters were only 7 years old, Rose was diagnosed with leukemia and Sullivan donated bone marrow to help her twin recover from the disease.

When the sisters were only 7 years old, Rose was diagnosed with leukemia and Sullivan donated bone marrow to help her twin recover from the disease.
(Courtesy Bobbie Jo Sullivan)

According to Sullivan, her parents tried to protect her and the girls’ brother from the severity of Rose’s condition. However, it got to a point where Rose needed a bone marrow transplant to recover, but no one – except Sullivan – was up to him.

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Rose’s doctors and her parents asked Sullivan if she was ready to get tested and possibly donate bone marrow to her sister.

Sullivan said she agreed and the transplant was a success.

“It was nice to have her back and have her with us and everything,” said Sullivan.

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As they got older, the sisters remained close, especially through the loss of their brother. Rose said the experience helped the sisters realize “the importance of family”.

Her family also had other health problems. Rose told Fox that her mother had a brain tumor, her father had a stroke in 2018, and Rose was re-diagnosed with cancer six years ago. This time it was breast cancer.

Decades after Rose recovered from leukemia, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The sisters told Fox that both times Rose was diagnosed with cancer, Sullivan cut her hair when her sister's hair fell out.

Decades after Rose recovered from leukemia, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The sisters told Fox that both times Rose was diagnosed with cancer, Sullivan cut her hair when her sister’s hair fell out.
(Courtesy Bobbie Jo Sullivan)

“I didn’t mean to be depressed because I was like, ‘It’s something they can fix and it’s something that is treatable … let’s just get through this,'” said Rose.

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After undergoing chemotherapy, Rose struggled with fertility, so Sullivan reappeared, this time donating eggs so her sister could raise a family.

After undergoing chemotherapy, Rose struggled with fertility, so Sullivan reappeared, this time donating eggs so her sister could raise a family.
(Courtesy Bobbie Jo Sullivan)

Rose survived breast cancer, but when she decided to have a family of her own, she struggled to get pregnant – something doctors warned her about chemotherapy at a young age, she said.

Sullivan reappeared and donated eggs to her sister.

In May, Rose gave birth to a girl named June. There are also two other Sullivan’s eggs in cryostasis when Rose is ready to have more children, the two women said.

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Sullivan said she never thought of donating eggs to her sister.

“We’ve been through so much in our lives and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her … If the roles were reversed, I know 100% that she would do it for me right away,” Sullivan said.

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