• Have you read about Angelina Jolie's recent double mastectomy

    Asked by Nomadicme on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

    Have you read about Angelina Jolie's recent double mastectomy

    She wrote about it in an opinion editorial in the NY Times. As a woman that has undergone a double Mx, and feel somewhat deformed from it, it gives me hope and courage when one of the Beautiful People is part of the process too (granted hers was profilactic, no chemo, no radiation). It also sounds like she got to keep her nipples? Lucky her!

    Here's the link:

    What do you think? Good she shared? Makes you feel more positive?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      saw a mention of the piece when I logged on to Yahoo today. i get the times delivered and will read it while waiting for my scans, etc today. Each person does what they feel is best for them. i am not sure that would have been my choice if i found out I was BRCA positive (which i am not) or that i would develop TNBC,, which i did 2.5 years ago. most women who get breast cancer do not have the mutation. I do know women who have had prophylactic mastectomies and ovariectomies because they have tested positive for the BRCA mutations.

      I also know women who have be diagnosed with stage IV BC with no known primary. I wish there was more research and information on how effective doing this is. Major surgery is risky and the more we know about it's effectiveness the better our decisions can be.

      over 7 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I heard this on the news last night and now CNN is running it a lot today. I think it's good to attract attention to the seriousness of cancer, treatments and the risk women face since she was willing to take such a step to prevent it. It might wake a few people up.

      over 7 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I hear you Sue. I tested negative for BRCA. I believe there are different levels of risk with BRCA. Myself, I would have watched and waited. Then again I didn't watch my mother die of cancer linked to this gene.

      What helps me about Angelina's story, is that a world beauty has had a db mx with reconstruction (my issue), so now I feel less of a freak. I feel my reconstruction is more acceptable. Make sense?

      over 7 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I just read it and I think it's fantastic that she's sharing her journey with everyone. I hope it encourages more people to get tested.

      over 7 years ago
    • Julie99's Avatar

      I read what Angelina wrote and I was grateful for it. It is nice to have someone with her influence bring attention to something like this, whatever anyone's opinions are on it. Being BRCA-2 positive (although finding out after the dx) I could somewhat relate. I had a bilateral although I had no signs of cancer in my left breast.

      My family has since found out the BRCA gene is from my dad's side. His brother has since tested positive. He has 4 children, 3 boys and a 19 year old daughter who is my Godchild. They haven't told her yet that she has a 50% chance of having this gene, but I shared Angelina's editorial with my aunt and uncle this week. Now they have this to start the conversation with her.

      Just for that alone, I am very grateful for the courage that Angelina had in putting her personal story out there.

      over 7 years ago
    • ladyhawk's Avatar

      beauty is always in the inside! I would like to remove all I could too, I'm a mom!

      over 7 years ago

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