Angelina Jolie Has Double Mastectomy

May 14, 2013

A few months ago, my daughter Zsia told me about her childhood friend, still very close to her, who had chosen to have a double mastectomy after finding out she had an 85% chance of getting breast cancer as it runs her the family. Her sister had made the same choice. At the time is seemed a bit radical to me, but now I am learning that many women are making that choice when breast cancer runs in the family and tests reveal a high probability for the disease. I admire their brave decisions, but it leaves me with one thought on the soul level - if they are destined for cancer, it will show up elsewhere, as is programmed. FYI - breast cancer does not run in my family. As far as aesthetics, breasts can be reconstructed by a good plastic surgeon. Breast cancer has become so common, many women now get tested for the gene along with a mammogram. Like everything else we experience, this is all part of the need for greater awareness and options.

I have always loved the beautiful, talent, and allure of Angelina. I never miss one of her films, and follow, her in the news, whereas I don't follow other celebrities. Angelina has always stepped up and been both a fantasy and a down-to-earth honest person, overcoming emotional, and now physical problems in her usual aggressive way.

Angelina Jolie's disclosure will help many women (and men) faced with the same issues to take preventative action. The gratitude that some women are expressing to Angelina likely stems from the level of intimacy with her that they now feel, and there own personal experiences.

On the flip side, some women are disheartened by the fact that the health care Angelina received is not available to everyone, due to medial insurance. The elephant in the room is always the cost. Most women I know who have dealt with breast cancer and reconstructive surgery, look the same as before the surgery if not more perky.

  Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy   CNN - May 14, 2013
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. The 37-year-old mother of six has explained her reasons for having the surgery. She said her doctors estimated she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. "I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could," she wrote.

How surgeons build new breasts   CNN - May 14, 2013
Nine weeks after Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy to prevent cancer, the actress had another surgery to reconstruct her breasts using implants.

Angelina Jolie's mastectomy account raises awareness of gene testing   The Guardian - May 14, 2013
In her account, published on Wednesday, Jolie appealed for greater access for gene testing and lifesaving preventive treatment and encourages women to explore their options. The actor has a defective gene, BRCA1, which doctors told her increased her risk of developing breast cancer to 87%; it also increased her risk of ovarian cancer. The surgery, which began in February, had reduced Jolie's risk of breast cancer to less than 5%. "I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," she wrote. "It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that's it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can.