Angelina Jolie has just fessed up to a secret she has been keeping for months. She had both her breasts removed to prevent cancer. Her mom died of cancer, her doctors said she has the breast cancer gene – so she wanted to make sure she would live to see her grandkids. Now her risk of breast cancer has dropped to 5 percent (from 87percent). She just finished reconstructive surgery and says she is happy with her decision and results. And she wants women to know all the details. So she wrote a beautiful piece in the NY times. I just posted it on our facebook page.
She says Brad was with her 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.”
So why go public? She wants women everywhere to know how important it is to take charge of your health. Get gene tested. Schedule those mamograms. Finding out sooner give you more options to fix it.
Some celebs who are also survivors are speaking out. Sheryl Crow says she commends Jolie ‘for her courage and thoughtfulness sharing her story’. Giuliana Rancic had the same surgery and says she is proud that Angie is ‘using her incredible platform to educate women.’