Angelina Jolie’s Medical Choice

Hearing the news that Angelina Jolie’s aunt has just passed away after battling with breast cancer makes her “medical choice” hit home. You suddenly realize why she made that choice. This wasn’t a publicity stunt or cry for media attention. It was clearly a life-changing decision.  It couldn’t have been easy for a woman of her stature to get rid of what is considered to be one of the most sensual parts of a woman’s body. Above all else, the fact that she carried on with her duties and public appearances right before and almost immediately after is an exemplification of strength.  We know it must have taken gigantic GoWoman balls and we applaud her! Read her story in her own words as printed in the New York Times

…For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices…

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.

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