MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was. We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,”(Snip)the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer(Snip)I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.
Angelina may be a lefty but she´s a half decent one.I feel bad she had to have this surgery. She´s one of the few actresses I enjoy watching.I wish her all the luck dealing with it.
She´s really well versed on world affairs,probably more so than Kerry and Obama´s other political hacks.She knows exactly where various regions of the world where people are starving.Problems that could be solved by a sane US government.
It also says a lot about Brad Pitt. When my wife was going through her treatment we met many women who were abandoned by their husbands and such after they were diagnosed. The fact that he would not only support her but stick where her says a lot.
A cousin did this many years ago. Not sure if she had the gene or was tested for it, but after breast cancer in her mother and three sisters I´m sure she knew something was up. Also, I know a lady whose three daughters all developed breast cancer. Two have died and one still lives. She said the cancer was inherited from their father´s mother´s ovarian cancer. Scary stuff.
I think she´s incredibly stupid to have this done. I watched my father die of cancer so I know the horrors of the disease. But to have a double mastectomy because she ´might´ get cancer some day is crazy. And then she expects and gets high praise for it. Wow.
She may not be as lefty as she was before. Especially since she reconciled with Dad Jon Voight. Brad is still Hollywood lib but her not so much. Visited Iraq when others wouldn´t and supported military. Also she is a good actress.
Does insurance pay for this? If not, most of us couldn´t do it. I guess now she´ll look around for a movie that showcases her boobs so we can see how ´beautiful´ they are. Yes, I´m a cynic where this woman is concerned.
it is all about the numbers. Ms. Jolie doubtless is smart enough to take a careful look at the statistics for women carrying the BRCA gene and make a decision based on facts rather than anecdotes or the snap judgments of snarky but ignorant bystanders. Her politics probably has nothing to do with her decision to undergo serial radical surgeries. She obviously decided it was better to endure that pain now rather than the very substantial risk of dying young of an aggressive cancer. I remain amazed at what strangers with no medical training think they need to grandstand about.
I agree with #14 and #15. She made a bold choice, and a very hard choice. She said she wants to be around for her children. I also agree with the poster who said it speaks well of Brad Pitt. Amen to that. I like her. But it was her choice, and with an 87% likelihood of getting the disease that killed her mother, I can see why she did it.
One more thought:This points up the absolute necessity of looking carefully at the numbers before committing to--or avoiding-- cancer therapy. To have surgery, chemo, radiation, experimental regimes, hocus-pocus alternative medicine, or do nothing? Hard decisions, but made easier by looking rationally at the statistics. Those numbers are available, and they change. Do your homework, distasteful and frightening though it be. Pay NO attention to anecdotes. The friend´s cousin´s wife may have nothing to do with your situation. Ask the right questions of the right people. Make your peace with the best advice you can get. Which may be some dreadful combination of harsh treatments, or to do nothing and make the most of the time that remains. And then ignore the ignoramuses who want to second-guess your wisdom.
I will be as polite as I can, but I think more of Brad Pitt right now than the 3 naysayers here. That is really sad. If the odds of getting cancer are as high as she was told by HER DOCTOR, then she did the smart thing. She is a good mom for wanting to spare her kids from the pain she went through losing her own mom at that young age. If her high profile gets women to think about their health a bit more in depth, who on earth are you folks to judge and call her nasty names?
I agree with those who said she made a brave choice, particularly as she is a movie star, who makes her living by wearing revealing gowns on red carpets. She looked at the hard numbers, could see the odds were not on her side, remembered what her mother went through and made the hard choice.
I am glad she wrote about it. This may give other women courage.
And BTW, a read of the article reveals that Angelina Jolie was not giving medical advice - other than to know as much as possible about your genetic heritage and your own body and discuss them with your doctor. And then, as #15 said, have the guts to do whatever is necessary and right for you.
Angelina Jolie has taken responsibility for six children - by either birth or adoption. I rather imagine that finding out about her gene, and considering her mother´s early death from cancer, gave her a lot to think about.
Akudaq´s Medical Choice My left breast hurts. "nothing shows up on tests." (6 months on) It still hurts. "Tests look okay and pain doesn´t mean anything bad."(12 months on) It still hurts. "Nothing on the mammo or ultra-sound." Try an MRI. "Well, something there, but very small. If it were any smaller, we wouldn´t even worry about it. Come back in 4-6 months and let´s MRI again (to the tune of $900 per test)." No, let´s do a BIOPSY. I don´[t want to wait till it´s stage III cancer, as it was before. After more than 18 months of pain, patience, and worry... "Nothing outright malignant, but some Ready-to-go-nova (high risk)cells." Okay, simple mastectomy it is, no reconstruction. And take the implant out of the right side, as it´s causing problems to the previously irradiated and chemo-therapied tissue; then both sides will be even. I´m sitting here recuperating from a simple mastectomy and a removal of an implant from the side I had a not-to-simple mastectomy on a few years ago. This was my choice as to handling my situation.
I once had a chance to hear directly from staff working in the field with refugees. Normally, field staff are highly critical of celebrities coming to the refugee camps, particularly those judged to be high maintenance. They had nothing but praise for Ms. Jolie. In my one indirect contact with her, I found her to be gracious and kind to people who were otherwise strangers to her. I admire what she has done here, and I wish her well.
I am an Oncology nurse and I witness death from gyn cancers every week. Angelina Jolie made a decision based on evidence based medicine. Now she must decide about having her ovaries removed. Ovarian cancer is a horrendous and cruel disease.
This is a personal health matter and a personal choice, as is her right. She has our respect for her right to make her own decision.
Broadcasting her very personal decision sure gives the PC media something to talk about today, of all days, and a diversion for the alphabets from the current many MANY urgent matters of critical national importance which they should be investigating & reporting.
I am sitting here after being diagnosed on one side in February, waiting for my 2nd chemo treatmet (will have a total of 6). I immediately chose to have a double mastectomy as many gals are doing nowadays. No way was I spending the rest of my life feeling around for lumps on the unaffected side. Actually the operation itself was not bad. I took a grand total of 4 Tylenol as pain preventative the first day and really didn´t even need those.
I wish AJ all the best and praise her for following good medical advice and also for sharing with the public. She may well spur on many to check with their doctor on their risk level and certainly to not miss their mammograms.
Preventive breast removal, although one valid choice for those with the "bad gene", is still looked down upon, as can be seen by snarky comments mostly in this and more, the other thread.
The fact that she´s so high-profile will be a help to other women who may just be hesitating to have an operation they really want, because of others´ stupid prejudice and need to mock and denigrate others. Not that she could have avoided having everyone know, but she could have been ashamed and unforthcoming.
I suppose if a snarkster had watched a number of family members die of the same thing, it might make an impression on them where basic human decency did not.
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