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Medical Professionals Praise Angelina Jolie's Decision to Write About Her Medical Diagnosis

Medical Professionals Praise Angelina Jolie's Decision to Write About Her Medical Diagnosis

Angelina Jolie opened up about her brave choice to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes following a cancer scare in a New York Times op-ed, and medical professionals are praising the actress for sharing her story.

The 39-year-old actress and director is helping to “illustrate the enormous influence that really famous people can have,” Richard Wender, chief cancer-control officer for the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, told USA Today. Richard noted that cancer screening numbers have risen since Angelina published her first essay about her double mastectomy two years ago.

“This puts a very positive spin on the genetic testing-and-results arena,” Susan Boobol, chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York, told the publication. “Because her message, which should be everyone’s message, is this is my personal choice, it’s not the right choice for everyone but we should all be aware of our options. Knowledge is power, that’s what I say to my patients every day.”

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  • busted

    I love that picture of her..

    I’m glad she is sharing her experience. I know many other women have faced a similar decision and sadly many many other will do so in the future.

  • valis202

    Bravo angelina. What a great inspiration you are

  • Phool

    foyin og ‏@foyinog 2h2 hours ago
    I respect angelina jolie so much and I pray that I never have to make such a decision in my life

    Lauren Campbell ‏@recentromantic 2h2 hours ago
    I have respect for Angelina Jolie & her writing. A celebrity being transparent deserves positive attention even if you don’t agree with her.

    lime ‏@Lime4ya 1h1 hour ago
    SO much respect for Angelina Jolie, and they she uses her Health issues to illuminate it for so many other women.

    Kris Hallenga ‏@KrisPoB 9h9 hours ago
    Again, respect to Angelina Jolie for sharing her story with the world.

    Katelyn Greco ‏@kayygrecs 51m51 minutes ago
    I have so much respect for Angelina Jolie making it publicly known about her decision to proactively fight ovarian and breast cancer

  • Phool

    Sheharyar Khan ‏@iSheharyar 3h3 hours ago
    ” I’m on a mission to live “: Angelina Jolie Pitt
    She is a brave woman. May God bless her with good health.
    *Respect*

    napoleon dinobites ‏@superdupercud 4h4 hours ago
    So much respect for Angelina Jolie. Not only does she handle herself and situations perfectly, she’s warning women

  • bap

    Thank you Phool for posting these positive Blogs!

  • Phool

    William K. Wolfrum ‏@Wolfrum 5h5 hours ago
    Ovarian cancer was what started my Mom on the path toward the leukemia that killed her. Much respect to Angelina Jolie.

  • Phool

    Natalie ‏@Borrielly 6h6 hours ago
    I have so much respect for Angelina Jolie & her decision to candidly discuss her medical choices. Knowledge is power

  • Phool

    I’m so happy to see people are sharing their own experiences.

    Meryl O’Rourke© ‏@MerylORourke 8h8 hours ago
    Respect to Angelina Jolie this morning. I spent last year thinking I had the BRCA gene glitch, missed it by a whisker.

    Mireille Bou Fadel ‏@MireyBF 6h6 hours agoLebanon
    Angelina Joli appreciation tweet So much respect for this woman specially after all what she has been through #AngelinaJolie #fightingcancer

  • Phool

    Allison Winn Scotch ‏@aswinn 8h8 hours ago
    Mad respect and support for Angelina Jolie for once again sharing her cancer experience & doing so in a thoughtful, medically-educated way.

  • JPFamily

    Thank you Angelina for all you are you – so many are helped and lives being saved once more with your moving and honest words. So proud and inspired by you as always, God bless you and your loving family.

    Reposting, this lady is wonderful!
    goodenoughmother
    For everyone flapping lips about #AngelinaJolie and her decision to have #preventiveMastectomy and ovaries removed due to high risk for #cancer#GoodEnoughMother #ThatIsAll #BRCA #breastCancer
    https://instagram.com/p/0nGyjFRDKN/

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11491466/Angelina-Jolie-applauded-for-going-public-about-having-ovaries-removed.html
    Angelina Jolie applauded for ‘going public’ about having ovaries removed

    Charities say Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie will save lives by informing the public about her decision to have her ovaries removed, two years after undergoing a preventative double mastectomy due to her family history of cancer
    FTA:

    Medical experts have applauded Angelina Jolie’s decision to reveal she has had her ovaries removed after a cancer scare.
    Charities said her bravery in announcing the news publicly could save lives.

    They said the decision was likely to trigger another wave of the “Jolie effect” which saw a massive rise in the number of women coming forward for genetic tests for breast cancer, after the actress went public in 2013 about having had a preventive double mastectomy.

    Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women in the UK, with 7,000 new diagnoses a year, and the most deadly.
    The UK has one of the lowest survival rates in Western Europe, with 4,300 deaths each year. Overall survival at five years is 46 per cent.
    Charities praised the actress for disclosing the details, and explaining why she had taken the steps she had.

    Katherine Taylor, acting chief executive of Ovarian Cancer Action, said: “We applaud Angelina Jolie’s decision to announce that she has had preventative surgery for ovarian cancer and are anticipating another wave of the ‘Angelina Effect’, which saw a dramatic increase in the number of women referred for genetic testing after Angelina announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy in 2013.

    “While all women in the UK have a one in 54 chance of developing ovarian cancer, for those with a mutation in their BRAC1/2 genes, like Angelina Jolie, the risk increases to 1 in 2. If women know they have BRCA gene mutations, they can choose to take action before cancer develops, much like Angelina has. Her bravery to announce this news publicly could save lives.”

    The charity is campaigning for all women diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK to be tested for the BRCA1/2 gene mutation at the point of diagnosis.
    At the moment there is a postcode lottery in whether or not tests are offered, after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. The charity said that telling a patient their BRCA status can not only inform a woman’s treatment path, but help protect her family.

    Lester Barr, chairman of Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention charity said the decision about whether to have ovaries and fallopian tubes was a “very personal choice” but the only way to reduce the risk of cancer as much as possible.
    He said: “Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy in 2013 brought the subject of preventative surgery firmly into the spotlight. Following her announcement, our researchers found that the number of high-risk women in the UK enquiring about their own options more than doubled.”

    Research found that in the two months after the actress announced her preventive mastectomy, 4,847 women a month were referred for genetic tests to check the risk of breast cancer – two and a half times the 1,981 a month in the same month the previous year.
    Mr Barr, a consultant surgeon specialising in breast cancer, said: “Her story is proof that one high-profile case can do immense amounts for public awareness – hopefully we will see a similar increase in women at risk of developing familial ovarian cancer come forward for preventative treatments over the coming months.”

  • well

    As always, thanks, Phool- Phool & everyone keep them coming- here are a few more:

    Dikembe Mutombo and 56 others follow
    Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan 32m32 minutes ago
    Very admiring of Angelina Jolie’s decision to reveal all this. She will save many lives by doing so. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/opinion/angelina-jolie-pitt-diary-of-a-surgery.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share&_r=0

    Lizz Winstead and 3 others follow
    Miss Representation ‏@RepresentPledge 2h2 hours ago
    “I feel at ease w whatever will come, not bc I am strong but bc this is a part of life.” – #AngelinaJolie http://nyti.ms/19hM4cU @nytimes
    —-
    Sherry Pollex ‏@SherryPollex 2h2 hours ago
    Knowledge is power, for all of us. I applaud Angelina Jolie’s decision. This is an amazing article. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/opinion/angelina-jolie-pitt-diary-of-a-surgery.html?referrer=&_r=0
    ——

    LIVESTRONG ‏@livestrong 2h2 hours ago
    “Learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.” http://lvstr.ng/1CLVOZa

  • Phool

    Lilli Tnaib ‏@lillitnaib 1m
    UN Refugee Agency communications and media relations. Mother, wife and sister. I tweet for @UNHCRdc. #HumanRights

    1 minute ago
    Powerful piece by @Refugees special envoy Angelina Jolie on making proactive choices related to one’s own #health http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/opinion/angelina-jolie-pitt-diary-of-a-surgery.html?ref=opinion

  • Claire

    Tamsin, for once don’t be so mean, not on this tread. Show us that you’re not that ignorant idiotic hen

  • Phool

    Keep them coming ladies Drown out the Trash Jennifer Aniston Runts noises,make your voices heard .

  • Phool

    Ignore the RUNT. Who cares what Aniston’s ASSWHIPE is saying.

  • Felinelilly

    The Salem witch is incapable of being anything other than her mean, vile, disgusting, demented self. She should be locked up in a padded cell.

  • JPFamily

    Lisen Stromberg ‏@LisenStromberg 4 hrs
    San Francisco, CA
    No breasts, no ovaries, but still one incredible woman. Thank you #AngelinaJolie for sharing your story.
    #MustRead

    Candice ‏@candysomething 5 hrs
    Reminder that Angelina Jolie owns her body and owns her money and can do what she wants with both💃

    alicialquarles
    2 hours ago
    Bravo #AngelinaJolie for using your star power to bring awareness about ovarian cancer. It’s generous and brave to be open about your journey. Read Angelina’s #NewYorkTimes op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” where she details having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Knowledge is power. #DiemStrong
    https://instagram.com/p/0neWtrGbG_/

    When surgery is the best option
    The actress Angelina Jolie has had her ovaries removed after another cancer scare. Cancer Research UK’s Caroline Geraghty and patient Deana Murphy explain when this is the right choice.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02mpcxf?

  • Claire

    I try to ignore the runt but it’s hard. I just flag her awful comments

  • Susan

    @Phool, thanks, and the other posters,for sharing their personal experiences, you’re on top of this story..

  • Phool

    TROLL ALERT MELTDOWN, PLEASE DO NOT REPLY- CHECK AVATARS -MORE MELTDOWNS EXPECTED

  • Phool

    7 Reasons Angelina Jolie Is Hollywood’s Best Role Model For Women, Because The Actress’ Life Is Incredibly Inspiring
    ===================================================
    Less than a decade ago, the words “Angelina Jolie” and “role model” would probably not have been paired up too often in the same sentence. The actress’ philanthropy and career were overshadowed by her controversial, tabloid-loved relationship, and while it wasn’t necessarily fair, one only has to pull out their old “Team Aniston” t-shirts to remember how pervasive the ideology was at the time. Fast forward a couple of years, however, and the star, thanks to a loving marriage, endless humanitarian trips, and tireless work on behalf of women, is no less than an icon for many women, and her latest effort, a New York Times op-ed revealing that Jolie has removed her ovaries, proves why.

    In the editorial, published early Tuesday morning, Jolie announced that she’d undergone preventive surgery to remove both her ovaries and her fallopian tubes because of her BRCA1 gene mutation, a signifier of increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Like her 2013 op-ed announcing her preventative double mastectomy,Tuesday’s piece was simply told, informative, and incredibly important, and just as her previous piece inspired many women to get tested for the BRCA1 gene, this one will surely encourage those at risk for cancer to consider all their options, as well.

    It’s yet another example of Jolie’s fearless leadership, her willingness and ability to, in both her actions on- and off-screen, inspire countless fans to follow in her footsteps, whether it’s in regards to helping those less fortunate or confronting the reality of their health. In my mind, at least, there’s no question about it: Angelina Jolie is Hollywood’s best role model for women. Here’s how:

    When She Opened Up About Her Health — The First Time

    The reactions to Jolie’s newest reveal may be strong, but it’s nothing compared to the response garnered by her first op-ed, which revealed her mastectomy and discussed her risk for developing cancer. The announcement by one of the biggest celebrities in the world that she’d undergone major surgery shocked many, but it inspired more; in the months that followed, studies reported that the “Angelina Jolie effect” had significantly increased the numbers of women who underwent genetic counseling. Because of the star, many women assessed their own risks, gained awareness of their options, and took actions that might’ve saved their lives.

    When She Spoke Up About Rape And Assault

    Jolie’s tireless advocacy for humanitarian issues stretches the gamut, from refugee rights to child immigration, and her work on behalf of victims of rape and assault has been no less impressive. In 2012, she created the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, influencing the policies of the UN Security Council, and two years later, she co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Her speech at the event was haunting and memorable, encouraging listeners to take action and reduce the stigma around rape.

    When She Created Europe’s First Center to Fight Violence Against Women

    Her words were moving, but her actions spoke louder; in February,Jolie launch the Centre on Women, Peace and Security, a London-based institution aimed at improving women’s rights across the globe. As she stated, the centre’s goal is for “the empowerment of women to be the highest priority for the finest minds, in the best academic institutions.”

    When She Adopted A Child Alone

    Although Jolie had intended to raise Maddox, an orphan adopted from Cambodia, with her husband Billy Bob Thornton, the couple’s split didn’t deter her from taking on the enormous task. She adopted Maddox alone and raised him as a single mom until she began dating Brad Pitt.

    When She Directed Two Major Movies

    Female directors are hard to find in Hollywood, and Jolie’s transition to filmmaker hasn’t come without its bumps. Yet already, she’s made two war dramas, In the Land of Blood and Honeyand Unbroken, the latter of which garnered her a Critics’ Choice nomination. Currently, she’s finalizing work on the romantic dramaBy the Sea, and is said to be taking on Africa, a biopic, next. It’s a remarkable, inspiring career change.

    When She Took On Feminist Roles

    From the manipulative, complex Lisa in Girl, Interrupted to the action hero Lara Croft in the eponymous series to the evil Disney villain in Maleficent, Jolie has made a habit of taking on wonderfully feminist roles whenever she’s given the chance.

    When She Celebrated Her Mother’s Legacy

    Jolie was extremely close to her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who died in 2007 from ovarian cancer, and while accepting a humanitarian honor at the 2013 Governors Awards, she spoke of the enormous influence her mother has had on her life. She gave the actress ”love and confidence,” said Jolie, “and above all, she was very clear that nothing would mean anything if I didn’t live a life of use to others.” Later in the speech, Jolie discussed how her mother’s encouragement led to her to take action in helping those less fortunate, and how she knew that if her mother had been alive to see her accept the award for her efforts, she would have been “very proud.”

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/71653-7-reasons-angelina-jolie-is-hollywoods-best-role-model-for-women-because-the-actress-life-is

  • Phool

    Just let it spew its venomous crap, its only making ITSELF look like a fool no one else but Itself.

  • toastie postie

    Maybe I’m interpreting this wrong. I’m been known to be wrong many times. But….There is an article on MSN, where the person seems to be negating what Angie is going through, saying that it’s not as simple as Angelina is saying about her decision. At first you think, it’s because she doesn’t have health care. That’s very understandable. But it’s really not. She’s not accepting that she can’t have children and is procrastinating. Got a bad taste from it and the fact that now it has the bigger space on the link with Angelina’s off to the side.
    Perhaps I’m completely off-base. But didn’t add a link, because to me at least, it gave off a negative vibe. Sorry to any that think I’m reading her words wrong and being heartless to her worries.

  • toastie postie

    Yech!

  • wika

    “actress’ philanthropy and career were overshadowed by her controversial, tabloid-loved relationship, and while it wasn’t necessarily fair..” funny, she still does well – B.O. wise even if the tabloids and media kept wanting to portray her being all hated up shit lol. Popularity should always be measured by B.O., none of that tabloid PR bs imo. I wouldn’t call it a pervasive ideology actually. It’s not like noone was watching her movies, LOL.

    That’s why she’s able to continuously have her voice heard. Because she’s always loved, and will always be loved for all the good things she’s done and will be doing.

  • Susan

    I deleted it, Phool said do not reply.

  • Phool

    People will have difference of opinion we don’t expect everyone necessarily to follow suit. Nothing wrong with that at least its opened up a “discussion” better than talking about not washing hair and which conditioner to use don’t you agree.

  • toastie postie

    You definitely got that right!

  • Phool

    Well shade here and there is expected after all remember Wika this is Angelina Jolie Pitt we are talking about Jealousy and begrudging administration by cough *semi hens* cough, come hand in hand lol.

  • thelookoflove1365

    tamsinfullofshit penile implant/enlargement surgery did not garner any support from anyone, instead got ridiculed for it, hence, the venomous post due to his jealousy.

  • Phool

    Samara Runt got its ass kicked a month or so ago talking BS about Angie’s humanitarian work, don’t be fooled, its Tampons various Monikers. See its even replied to its own post yet no one is going to reply back to Tampon so try not to act shocked lol.

  • wika

    It just kind of like ???? me when for the love of god, the fans Angie had even during mr and mrs smith premiere was pretty massive. Definitely wasn’t 15 fans only LOL.

    You see, Angie fans don’t busy themselves by buying “Team Jolie” shirt, we watch her movies, we support her the way we should, none of that lame hyped up tabloid BS LOL.

  • thelookoflove1365

    He is a hopeless case; such black heart for a gay person who are probably being made fun of, or discriminated against, yet full of venom instead of understanding & compassion towards Angie of all people who is very loving & compassionate, & inclusive.

  • Phool

    I’m just re-posting some posts here in case they have been missed also to drown out Tickys Runts Screaming in the ocean LOL.

    Angelina Jolie is one of the world’s leading feminists, says Katie Hind
    =================================================
    There really is no other woman like Angelina Jolie. Someone so rich, so successful, so famous, yet so, so selfless.

    Selfless to the point that she took the decision to write about such a personal medical procedure just weeks after she underwent it, knowing the world would be talking about it.

    Admitting that she was now in the “forced menopause” stage of her life, and that she no longer has any of the organs that physically make her female. Not really that easy, is it?

    RexAngelina Jolie and Marcheline BertrandAngelina’s mother died when she was 31
    Okay, so she is rich, successful and famous but underneath it all, we see today that she is actually a normal woman, really trying to help other normal women – except she has a platform to share her experiences.

    Because that is the only difference between her and the hundreds of thousands of females who have to, or indeed will have to make that agonising decision to have severe surgery to save their lives.

    For me, it doesn’t bare thinking about.

    However, for Angelina, since the heartache of her mother dying when she was just 31-years-old, it is has been a reality every day since.

    Marcheline Bertrand died of ovarian cancer when she was just 56. She was the woman Jolie looked up to, and the person she credits for getting her into acting when she was just a teenager. She was the woman who the doctor they shared told her she looked so much like (Angelina broke down at this point – who wouldn’t?)

    GettyBrad and Ange
    That’s why, in her piece she wrote in the New York Times magazine, she made the point that what is so important to her is that her six children will never have to say their mummy lost her life to ovarian cancer.

    “I feel feminine and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family,” she wrote in her diary of her latest surgery.

    “I know my children will never have to say, “Mom died of ovarian cancer.”

    While Angelina says she found the procedure – a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy after a small benign tumour was found on one ovary – peaceful, she is firmly aware others may not so.

    FlynetAngelina Jolie arriving on a flight at LAX airport in Los Angeles, California with her children Vivienne & KnoxAngelina with children Vivienne and Knox
    She added: “I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventative surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.”

    And actually, her millions in the bank aside, Angelina isn’t that different to the rest of us. She’s pretty normal, really. She proudly told how she was deeply worried so called her husband Brad Pitt, who was in France. He was on the next flight home.

    Angelina carried on taking her son to his football matches, despite being in the middle of the surgery, she probably took a few days out of her busy schedule as a working mum.

    So if her brave admission she made today helps just one woman from being frightened, or lonely, or feel unwomanly about losing their femininity or indeed a child from losing his or her mother, then surely she should be hugely applauded.

    For she is most certainly not just Hollywood’s leading feminist (as I have described her before) but in fact one of the world’s.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/angelina-jolie-one-worlds-leading-5390669

  • Phool

    You know the Hens still wear their Ticky T-shirts and go and watch every Brad and Angie Movie in a form of Protest lol.

  • toastie postie

    Hey, more money for the awesome Angelina and company – thanks you clues idjits!

  • JPFamily

    Love the JoliePitts hello my beautiful friend.
    I just want to wish you well, and I know you are joining me in saying prayers for our wonderful, brave Angelina and her family. God bless.

    So many wonderful supportive and moving comments at the NYT site, praising and in support of Angelina and her brave decision:

    Nan Socolow West Palm Beach, FL 6 hours ago

    Yes, Angelina Jolie Pitt, knowledge is power
    Thank you for sharing your personal history, your positive BRCA1 gene mutation results and your choices of major surgeries (double mastectomy and oophorectomies) to reduce the risks of cancer from which your beloved mother, grandmother and aunt died too young. You are an inspiration to women (and men) the world over. You have been blessed and graced among the women of our time, and we are grateful for your compassion and honesty and we sigh with relief at your brave decisions. Your column in the New York Times – “Diary of a Surgery”- has given hope to millions of women, those of us very young, with our lives of childbearing and raising ahead of us, those of us very old, whose childbearing years are long behind us, and who are dealing with the challenging physical (and mental and emotional) problems of aging. Thank you for the gift of your wisdom. You are a blessed woman of grace, intelligence, beauty – so fortunate in your life, and so wise in your choices to prolong that dear life for your children and husband.

    Robert Pass, MD New York, New York 5 hours ago

    Ms. Jolie Pitt is a remarkable individual who is to be applauded for sharing with the world her experiences. In doing so, she has almost certain saved more lives than any single physician may in a lifetime of practice
    Thank you for your honesty and the education you have provided women everywhere. I admire you greatly for your courage and advocacy for women (and men). Thank you.

  • toastie postie

    Perhaps IT has multiple personalities and unfortunately none of the personalities have any heart. Sorry if I’m offending any one who is truly experiencing such a problem.

  • Phool

    They always come back and tell us how many people walked out of the cinema whilst seeing the movie. Talk about Tickys Runts being massive tools lol.

  • Felinelilly

    Hello my friend. :) That thing is a guy? Yeah he must have some real self-hatred issues. There’s no way that person is sane.

  • Phool

    You will see not one will answer back the other personality , tough life being a Ticky Runt.

  • Phool

    He’s spend all morning wishing Angie death and now the Runt is totally losing shit over that Angie is here FOREVER.

  • Phool

    Angelina Jolie’s surgery means Hollywood will finally have to talk about menopause
    ===================================================
    Angelina Jolie Pitt’s decision in 2013 to have a double mastectomy­—preventative removal of all her breast tissue, after tests and family history pointed to the likelihood of her getting breast cancer—led to a flurry of discussion about body image.

    Jolie Pitt revealed today that she had undergone another preventative surgery, the removal of her fallopian tubes and ovaries. At 39, she will experience an early menopause—the raft of hormonal changes that accompany the end of a woman’s fertility.

    The glamor-enveloped world of filmmaking hasn’t shown itself able to bear very much reality. Women are required to be beautiful, and to an extent, unchanging. When age alters the physical appearance, there is cosmetic surgery. When appearences cannot be maintained, the usual course is a quiet subsidence into obscurity. Male actors, by contrast, often come into more challenging and fascinating roles as they age­–think Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, or Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood.

    Jolie’s decision to detail her hereditary cancer risk, the results of her blood tests, the deaths of her mother, aunt and grandmother to cancer is brave and illuminating. Illness and death are not often associated with those who are successful, and especially not those whose success is bound up with turning a (beautiful, healthy) face to the world, over and over again, on a huge screen.

    Moreover, it opens up a necessary conversation. Jolie will go through menopause early. But most women will go through it at some point in their lives. Yet the subject is rarely dealt with. Jane Fonda openly discussed it on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show—but only after the intense unhappiness she experienced was over.

    Actors like Glenn Close and Patricia Arquette increasingly stand up for equality in Hollywood, where women­—as in other professions—are systemically paid less than men, and where writers and producers concentrate their creativity more or less relentlessly on the young.

    Hormonal changes are not the end of a woman’s life. But nor are they negligible. Anyone who has had a contraceptive device fitted­, or who has taken the pill, or, indeed, has had a period, knows that changes in hormone levels can be a big part of life.

    Usually they are experienced in private­—with one’s close friends or one’s partner, behind closed doors, away from the workplace or “society.” To an extent, this may be reasonable and useful.

    But Hollywood is a way in which people learn more about the human experience: an experience that, hitherto, has been mainly sanitized when it comes to menopause. The “change” is barely mentioned, or only joked about. This universal life event is excised, ignored, unexplored.

    Jolie Pitt’s decision to talk openly about it may be a step towards changing—or rather a means of creating—the conversation.

    http://qz.com/368804/angelina-jolies-surgery-means-hollywood-will-finally-have-to-talk-about-menopause/

  • toastie postie

    That’s hilarious and yet sad. Like Mr. T said about Rocky, “I pity the fool who tries to challenge Angelina and her love ones”.
    Because all they are going to get is pain – their karma will not be good.

  • Phool

    Mr. T was right lol.

  • toastie postie

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. How lonely. Sniff. Sniff.

  • Phool

    Cant stand the guy, but ok I give him some air.

    Piers Morgan ‏@piersmorgan 1h1 hour ago
    Very admiring of Angelina Jolie’s decision to reveal all this. She will save many lives by doing so.

  • Claire

    Sometimes they watch the movies twice just to see how Brad and Angie are bad actors lolll

  • Phool

    Don’t feel sad here take a Glass of my Miraval *clinks glasses * cheers!

  • JPFamily

    NYT:
    Joan Hobeck Myrtle Beach SC 4 hours ago

    She is a very brave and courageous woman
    I had the BRCA test done after reading about Angelina’s double mastectomry. I have high cancer rate in my own family and decided this was something I needed to do for me and my family. Thank God I came back negative; however, the fear is still there. My mother died of ovarian cancer, as well as two of my Aunts, cousin with breast cousin and the list goes on. I am grateful for Angelina and her willingness to share her journey with us. Education is key, preventivness is out there, its up to us to make sure we use it. Thank you Angelina and God Bless you!

    Phyllis M. Dalla 4 hours ago

    Dear Mrs. Jolie Pitt
    I have admired your courage the last couple of years as you dealt with your health issues

    As a long time admirer of your career, it doesn’t surprise me in the least that you would not only have the courage to reveal what you are dealing with regarding your health, but how you chose to let others know, so they will be educated and make choices that could save their lives. And how you have compassion for those who don’t have the financial blessings you have regarding what you can have done, and your compassion for those who are not able to have children because they had the procedures you recently did. God bless you for your kindness, compassion and bravery.
    I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer two years ago yesterday. It has mestsized into my bones. I did everything right, yearly mammograms, obgyn check ups every year, regular self exams and yet I still managed to get this dreaded disease. It has been a hard road, especially with no help mate, but I have a huge network of friends and family who look after me. However, I still encourage other women to please do what is necessary Asap to prevent any problems. As you wisely said, knowledge is powee. Take care!

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