In a riveting and powerful New York Times interview, Angelina Jolie recently admitted to having a double mastectomy after doctors detected her positive for the gene which causes breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie was tested 87% at risk for Brest cancer and 50% at risk for ovarian cancer.
In a letter titled, “My Medical Choice,” she admits that the loss of her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, and many questions about her death (from Angelina’s kids,) sparked her to make the bold decision.
“…I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a ‘faulty’ gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer…”
Jolie’s operation and treatment started in February and she adds that fiance Brad Pitt remained by her side throughout the whole ordeal.
“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.”
Jolie ended her article, stating, “I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options. Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”and take control of.”