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Angelina Jolie Has Bravely Completed a Double Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie Has Bravely Completed a Double Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie has bravely opened up about going through a double mastectomy.

“I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex,” the 37-year-old actress wrote in the New York Times.

She added, “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.”

“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,” Angie said.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy?

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  • http://ROMNEY PRESIDENT-ELECT-ROMNEY

    whaat do I think don’t know good luck

  • lori

    She watched her mother die from cancer….I’m sure she made an informed decision.

  • Hyacinth

    Brave woman indeed.

  • vool

    Brava!

  • http://ROMNEY PRESIDENT-ELECT-ROMNEY

    Not sure GOD would approve though

  • Liz

    Will be praying for u Angie.

  • lsamful

    I could imagine how hard this decision was to her. But her mother diied young and did not see all the grandchildren. She is brave for making this decision. My mother- in- law had a mastectomy too.

  • tee

    @PRESIDENT-ELECT-ROMNEY: thx for being the stereotypical Republican, it really helps push young people towards the Democratic party.

  • Jen

    That is immense courage to face those odds and choose to take preventative measures even when the sacrifice is something so engrained in our identities as women.

    Say what you will, but I don’t think it is a stretch to believe that there may be just one woman going through this either for prevention or treatment who is attempting to come to terms with losing their breasts. Just one may find slight comfort or confidence knowing a woman regarded by many as one of the world’s most beautiful did the same thing. That would be enough to consider her op-ed impactful.

    However, even more may now be hearing the term “BCRA1″ for the first time. Even more will hear the morning shows discuss what it means. Someone might remember, “Hey, I have not even gotten a mammogram in a few year. Maybe I should call and get an appointment this summer.” She made a difference today. It might not have been one you will feel but it did happen.

  • F

    You need to read the story, #5.She has a faulty gene that means she has a 87 per cent chance of getting breast cancer.
    Whatever you think of her, you gotta love her generosity for sharing this information. She’s so socially minded!

  • http://justjared.com Brangelina Fan

    Angie, we support your decision and pray for your continued recovery.
    Women all over the world will thank you for sharing this story.

    You put vain aside to take care of a life threatening issue because of your love your kids and Brad.

    Kudos to you and kudos to Brad for being by your side all the way. You’re both lucky to have each other. God bless you and Brad and your children.

  • tryagain

    @huat: Could you be any dumber?? She had an 87% chance of breast cancer. She chose to live and raise her family instead of putting her breasts first. Angelina is amazing. I have had too many friends die of this hideous disease. With reconstruction, she still has all her ‘parts’. And tee, you are stupid, too. The idiot you comment on is hardly a Republican and not a Republican view point I can assure you. I have admired Angelina for years and this makes her even more admirable in my opinion. She could of kept this private but chose to help others.

  • tee

    @huat: Other than her 87% chance of getting breast cancer? Some people inherit cancer genetically, while others are prone from environmental factors, she was obviously the first.

    Most people veer out of the way of a collision, they don’t wait to see if they make impact.

  • plez

    Such a strong woman. So proud to be a fan.

  • valis202

    When I first heard this news I was floored but in a both in a sad and good way. She has to be one of the most inspiring public women around. By doing this not only is she extending her own life but she is also giving hope to lots of other women who face the prospect of getting such a horrible disease as cancer.

    I’m still speechless while typing this. I hope that she comes through what must be such a painful and life changing process.

  • bth

    @Jen: I agree with this completely. She made a decision to forgo vanity and proactively took measure to prevent a disease that would take her from her children. That takes guts especially when she is an industry that thrives on physical perfection. She also did not have to disclose this but she did and I believe it’s going to positively effect many women who are going through the same thing. God bless.

  • tee

    @tryagain: I’m stupid? oh i’m sorry, i didn’t realize that a supporter of Mitt Romney would NOT be a Republican. Get a hold of yourself and stop calling people names.

  • Ruth

    She is an intelligent and brave woman who understands the dangers and took action. Thankfully I have never had to do such a thing and can only imagine just how much thought went into making this decision.

    She could have kept this quiet but decided to go public – something which cannot be easy. Hopefully many women will learn from this, do the test and lives will be saved.

    I wish her and her lovely family all the very best!

  • cristina santos

    i’m proud of you angie! this decision is hard for a woman to make but you love brad and your children so much that you want to stay w/ them for a long time! you have the highest risk factor! both your grandmother and mother died of cervical/ovarian cancer! early prevention is very important in your case! good job angie! i admire you more for doing this! i’ll pray for you and your family!

  • whatevah

    Brave brave woman indeed.

    With her having shared her decision to the world maybe it save some women. And having put BRCA1 and BRCA2 in there people would know more about it and maybe have themselves tested so they have an option to have a double mastectomy.

    If the most beautiful woman in the world would opt to lose that part of the womans body we hold dear, why not us, in order to have that chances drop down from 87% down to 5%.

  • lylian

    @huat:
    .
    >>>>>>>>>>
    .
    No sadly, “Living a healthy life style” is already accounted for in calculating the risks at 87%. If she smoked or otherwise engaged in cancer risky behaviour, her chances of getting cancer would be so much higher.
    .

  • sea

    I’m quite impressed. Amazing woman.

  • tee

    @bth: I agree. Although, she did get implants, so there wasn’t a huge tradeoff. I’m not sure an average person would be able to afford this type of decision, financially and mentally, without having to live with the physical realities of it.

  • Kirsten

    Wow, so unexpected but I am in awe of her decision. Brave woman.

  • Love Always

    I am so shocked! When did this happen? That is indeed a very brave decision and I understand it. I wish her and hers the very best. Sending lots of love her way…..

  • rachel

    Angelina wants to live her life and see her kids grow up and that is most important thing

  • were the morons

    LOVE YOU ANGIE! such an amazing woman

  • Sabina

    Brave woman!!! May you have a healthy and happy life with all of your beautiful children. Aside from beauty breasts are part of women’s anatomy an emotional connection. I’m sure this was extremely difficult decision for anyone to make. Big Hug from Ethiopia

  • mimi

    jolie is a brave women. she is truly mother for her children, a very loving women and her brave will continue being legacy to her children and makes them better person when their grow up.

    i hope i can have your decision too because family is the most important thing in my life.

  • Wowowow

    I’m shocked, stunned, blown away to say the least. I am happy for her children that she made this brave decision for them so that she can be here on Earth as long as she can for them. All this time I thought she was doing the opposite because she is so skinny, I thought she needed to take better care of herself for her kids. Well I was wrong and I take back all the weight stuff I said back then. She is not as superficial as some try to make her seem. I admire her a great deal after this as I have lost an aunt to breast cancer.

  • tammy

    God bless you Angelina!!!

  • NYC

    Wow Angie,
    This woman never ceases to amaze me.
    She is incredible.
    A great role model to all women of all ages.
    Rest up Angie and best wishes for a full recovery.
    I was just thinking recently, where has AJ been?
    Now we know.
    Such a soulful woman, it’s awesome.

  • Passing Through

    # 2005 Wonderbust @ 05/14/2013 at 12:45 am
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    ‘m like crying
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?_r=2&adxnnl=1&ref=opinion&adxnnlx=1368504901-YIYt0jfxCZi1DP/7QK0OYA&amp
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    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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    HOLY SHITE!!! Well, this certainly explains why Angie hasn’t been seen much in the last few months. This op-ed would mean she started the procedures before she went to DRC\Rwanda with William Hague.
    .
    I think a lot of us speculated about whether or not she carried the gene for ovarian and breast cancers because of mother dying from ovarian cancer. It’s heartbreaking because when they’re old enough Shiloh and Vivienne may turn out to have the same gene. Angie is only going to be 38 in a few weeks but sadly this is becoming all too common for women to choose a preventive double mastectomy. Well, let’s see if Peeps gets out of Ticky’s ass for long enough to cover THIS Angie news.

  • GoopyGOOP!

    @huat: matern

    Angie’s maternal grandmother died of breast cancer at age 45 before AJ was even born. Her grandfather at 61 and her mother at 56 after being diagnosed at age 47 with ovarian cancer and going through two diagnosis of breast cancer after that. Angie lost her uncle just 2 years after her Mom. I personally hope AJ is also following holistic approaches and using diet, herbs, fermentation etc. to be as healthy as possible because all cancers are not ruled out by amputation. But mastectomy isn’t the end of the world. She breast fed Shiloh for 9 months and the twins for 3 months. If the loss of that tissue makes her feel more confident and secure and helps her children whyt not have it off?

  • Passing Through

    # 2015 KARMA IS A BIOTCH @ 05/14/2013 at 1:29 am
    .
    You lowlife trolls just don’t know when to STFU. You are one sick muthafvcker. This is a matter of life and death of a 38 year-old woman with 6 children to raise. Stop beeing an assssshole all your life and show some fvcking humanity, you dumb ass piece of shite.

  • angelina

    millions of women make this decision everyday. She is just one of many

  • !!!!!

    shout out to all the people who aren’t celebrities that go through this!!!!

  • Carolina

    Angelina, you are BEAUTIFUL GREAT WOMEN! And very, very BREAVE!

  • lylian

    @Passing Through:
    .
    It’s heartbreaking because when they’re old enough Shiloh and Vivienne may turn out to have the same gene
    .
    >>>>>>>>>
    .
    You are right of course. But I remain hopeful. Medical science and treatment, including use of gene therapy, are progressing. Sometimes, all it takes is one solution for one disease, and the technique can be replicated, with adaptations to solve others.
    .
    In 20 or 30 years time, gene therapy may have progressed to the point where these identified problem genes can be neutralised. It’s going to happen PT. It’s going to happen.

  • Susan

    In knowing her chances of getting cancer were so high and having a mother pass away from it, she did the right thing.

  • rj

    #40, you don’t have guts to post under your own name. just how do you know angelina ruined someone’s home? their marriage was dead long before angelina entered into brad’s life. you are an absolute idiot. is that you jen, posting under PT’s name?

  • Passing Through

    On a shallow note…man…Angie had great boobs. Brad’s GOT to be mourning. I always remember Angie saying about not getting along with Doug Liman – that he liked her boobs and something else…but I can’t remember what the other thing was…

  • NYC

    @Passing Through:
    Ew, you belong in jail.
    Cruel people should be locked up.

  • valis202

    @Ⱦamsin:

    If you can’t find anything decent to say just go away. This is a subject matter that just doesn’t need your hatred and bile.

  • Jen The HAG

    Well i guess the rest of the world agree and support Angelina Jolie.. unlike some DEMENTED HAGISTON!!

    All the posters in that sites are thanking Angelina Jolie.. i’m happy to read all of their support to Angie.. here are few of them:

    MirandaB.
    Santa Clarita, CA

    I have always thought you to be a remarkable human being, with the work you’ve done in other countries and the beautiful children you’ve given a home to. I can’t tell you how much I applaud you for taking control and being proactive in your future for your partner and children. You are an inspiration, and I wish you well in your recovery from the surgeries. Thank you for thinking of others, and how you could help them with your experience. It’s quite selfless, and your Mom, I’m sure, would be proud. Your own children are very lucky, indeed.

    May 14, 2013 at 1:17 p.m.

    Jenelle
    Los Angeles
    ..
    I always think I couldn’t love and respect Angelina Jolie more than I already do. And she always surprises me. What a majestic, amazing woman.
    her
    California

    Thank you Angelina.
    Your courage, strength and hope is an inspiration to women around the world. Our mom may have been saved by this treatment.
    FHL

    LC
    Australia.
    It’s incredibly brave for ANY woman to make this decision.

    Incredibly brave for ANY woman to talk about it publicly.

    But when the spotlight is on you in the way it is on Angelina – it goes to another level. She is prone to people’s discussions, glorification, vilification in a way other women are not.

    I’ve always been a fan of Angelina’s work and of her philanthropic efforts.

    Today I become a fan of her as a woman and a human being.

    Robert Henry Eller
    Milan, Italy
    Ms. Jolie:

    We cannot but salute your courage for undergoing these surgeries.

    We cannot but salute your sense of solidarity for sharing this with women.

    We cannot but salute your love for your children.

    In only the nicest way, Ms. Jolie, you are some mother.

  • randomjoe

    @huat: You can actually undergo tests for genetic mutations BRCA1 and BRCA2 that indicate a woman’s increased chance of breast and/or ovarian cancer. It’s becoming more popular for women with these genetic mutations to undergo a mastectomy.

  • Wonderbust

    @Ⱦamsin:
    Angelina is trending worldwide on twitter and practically EVERYONE even jen fans on twitter are supporting her. even the posters on duh listed. you are a really sick human being.

  • plez

    I am sure the doctor has given her new perky boobs for Brad to explore.

  • Passing Through

    I’m happy to report that Peeps was able to tear themselves away from Ticky’s butt to post a story on Angie’s double mastectomy. Ain’t that mighty white of ‘em…
    .
    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20700123,00.html

  • Wowowow

    How is this karma? She found out she carries the gene and is able to bring her chances of getting breat cancer from 87% to 5 %. Her chances of getting to be a grandmother are way greater than they were before. If yo haven’t noticed thats what the most important thing to her… So from where i am sitting it looks like she has very good karma. Bravo to Jolie for raising awareness. I have no doubt she will create a foundation or donate money.

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