A double cancer survivor whose husband documented her health struggle in viral videos on social media died Tuesday after living with a rare form of the disease for a decade.
The love story of Roslyn Singleton and her husband Ray Singleton melted the hearts of millions of viewers as he shared a video of him serenading his wife. The viral video landed Roslyn and the America Got Talent contestant on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and OWN’s Black Love.
“It was amazing because my dream came true, #1. Call Ellen and we met Melissa McCarthy, who’s amazing,” Roslyn told the Atlanta Black Star after attending the once-popular daytime show.
Ellen also gave the couple $25,000, which was a welcome surprise. “We didn’t have to work for seven months,” Rosyln added.
Roslyn has undergone multiple surgeries and repeated rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, reports Noviant Health, and Ray has been there every step of the way, asking online followers for prayers and support.
The husband shared photos showing scars from Roslyn’s surgeries, hospital stays and medical treatments, and he made many other posts reaffirming his love for his wife and admiring her beauty while she was alive. Every time Ray serenaded Roslyn, she blushed like it was her first time.
As he has done throughout their journey for the past two years, Ray shared the news of his wife’s death on social media on Wednesday. He has almost 100,000 followers on Instagram.
“Our wife earned her wings yesterday sleeping peacefully at home where she wanted to be,” Ray wrote. “This road ahead is going to be INCREDIBLY long and difficult! She taught us all SOMETHING… She is what we all want to achieve one day, so no need to be sad! Now we celebrate her legacy, her impact, her story and her spirit!
She will LIVE FOREVER!!”
Who was Roslyn Singleton?
Roslyn Singleton, a US Navy veteran, spent several years abroad before settling with her husband in Charlotte, North Carolina. She served as a Navy Yeoman for eight years. She was an administrative assistant in Iraq, where she completed two trips. She also worked in Afghanistan as a civilian contractor for the US Department of Defense.
Singleton, 39, also had a passion for attracting other people. She worked as a stylist and in 2020 the couple launched a clothing brand, Eleven-Oh-Four, named after their wedding date and dedicated to their love.
Despite her diagnosis, Singleton lived an active life. She played basketball, softball, and volleyball, and enjoyed going to arcades, bowling alleys, golf courses, and riding motorcycles.
“I’m a sporty, athletic girl who also enjoys watching Snapped on Oxygen,” she told Novocure.
Singleton, the daughter of a pastor and a deacon, said she found relief in her faith and in watching her father battle his own cancer. Her mother died the same year her father was diagnosed. She was informed of her own diagnosis months later.
Roslyn Singleton’s battle with cancer
Singleton was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. She suffered from migraines and blurred vision. Doctors found a brain tumor the size of an orange.
Despite this, Singleton twice defeated the disease. But after six years in remission, doctors found another tumor during a routine visit in 2019. Singleton has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer that’s most common in older people, with more than half being age 60 or older, according to The Health.
Singleton had to make multiple doctor’s visits each week and had to sleep with a device to monitor seizures or erratic brain activity, reports show. Ray’s serenade video went viral in January 2020 as she prepared for her second brain surgery, but despite four surgeries and multiple treatments, the cancer continued to spread, Novant Health reported.
The military veteran suspected she contracted cancer from exposure to toxins and hazardous waste in burn pits used in Iraq and Afghanistan.
How did Ray and Roslyn Singleton meet?
Roslyn and Ray met at a party in Charlotte in 2016. She teased him about wearing sunglasses at night, and he later asked her to dance. They later met again at a late night restaurant and he asked her if he could pray for her meal. Roslyn said she knew then that she would marry him.
Ray moved in with Roslyn four days after they met and proposed to her six months later. They walked down the aisle two years after they first met in November 2018.
“I knew right away that I wanted to marry Ray. The day after we met, I blocked everyone else I spoke to. I was good,” Roslyn told xoNecole.com. “I’ve only known him for eight hours, but I’m fine. That’s it. I won’t say we didn’t have our bumps in the road like every couple, but we found our way to get through. Ray was different.”
The couple were hoping for a baby and even joked about gender preference. “One and done, that’s the plan. I’m excited, I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl,” Roslyn said. “No, I said I would prefer a boy,” Ray added.
https://atlantablackstar.com/2022/11/18/roslyn-singleton-wife-from-viral-video-and-ellen-appearance-loses-battle-with-rare-form-of-brain-cancer/ Roslyn Singleton, wife of viral video and ‘Ellen’ appearance, loses battle with rare form of brain cancer