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Angelina Jolie Undergoes Double Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie: "I Made a Decision to Have a Preventive Double Mastectomy"

Angelina Jolie has undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she was at high risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Angelina reveals that she made the decision for her family. Angelina opens up about her own mother's death from ovarian cancer at age 56, and how she talks to her kids about their grandmother, saying, "We often speak of 'Mommy's mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer."

Angelina goes on to describe how the intense process was made easier with Brad by her side:

I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.

Read the rest of Angelina's powerful words on or in the May 14 print edition of The New York Times.

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crazyone crazyone 4 years
Joelle Burnette: <3 Wishing you and angelina all the lucky in the world.
Joelle-Burnette Joelle-Burnette 4 years
I'm not an actress, Angelina. Nor do I have your charisma or beauty, but I do share this experience as a mother/wife/daughter who carries this genetic mutation. I, too, wanted women to know what it's like to choose to have the most feminine body parts removed. I had my ovaries removed in 2008, waiting until I was emotionally prepared for a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy in 2009. After having watched my sister twice battle breast cancer--including various complications with her implants--I chose TRAM Flap reconstruction: it's like a massive tummy tuck; the stomach tissue used to reconstruct your breasts while rearranging your stomach muscles to provide blood flow to your new breasts. Because I couldn't get clear answers about recovery from this 10-hour surgery, I decided to write all the details about my experience so other women would have a better idea of what to expect. I am a journalist by trade, so I began with a blog and expanded my work into a book, "Cancer Time Bomb." While my writing is brutally honest, I balance the serious subject with sarcasm and humor. I'm regularly contacted by women (U.S. and beyond), and I chat with them about the experience. I agree, it is important to have a supportive partner/husband, but as my story reveals, I wouldn't have made it through this experience without my mom's support and friendship. She took care of everyone, including my ailing dad and my sister during her second cancer. Thank you for telling your story. Joelle Burnette
vickyp vickyp 4 years
she is my ultimate role model
Freyda Freyda 4 years
WOW!! Blessings on Angie, Brad and their kids and all of her friends and family as well. This must have been a tough time!! I can't believe she has been working on a 2nd directorial going to DRC and speaking to world leaders all while going through this massive health care crisis. Just amazing!
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