Medical Choice of a Lifetime

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This woman never ceases to amaze me. From wearing a blood vial of an ex-husband around her neck, adopting 3 kids of different nationalities and having twins of her own, being UN Ambassador to marrying Brad Pitt (soon). Angelina Jolie really never ceases to amaze me. It might just be so damn easy being Lara Croft or Evelyn Salt or Master Tigress but to lose your breasts in order not to lose a lifetime with your children is another thing. Angelina Jolie just made a shocking medical choice of a lifetime.

Angelina Jolie

“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”, Angelina Jolie wrote in an article for the NYtimes. She underwent a preventive double mastectomy.

Preventive mastectomy is the surgical removal of one or both breasts in an effort to prevent or reduce the risk of breast cancer. Can you imagine removing your breasts before the onset a real cancer? I mean, most women want boobs. Who doesn’t? Not extremely humongous but at least a pair that does not require the aid of a wonder bra. I don’t have that kind of boobs so maybe a preventive mastectomy would not make a difference to me but kidding aside just the thought of the process medically and emotionally is overwhelming.

“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.”, she also wrote.

And I wrote this: Oh Brad Pitt!

Brad Pitt

The lost of a breast or both is unimaginable for a woman, much more the lost of a loved one because of cancer. It is something I dread to think about. It doesn’t take a celebrity like Angelina Jolie to choose an option that can change a lifetime. After all, we are all human. Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger (I should keep telling that to myself).

To read the entire article from NYtimes, click here.


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