I had to take a little break from blogging because my fiance had surgery about a week ago. He’s on the mend now so I’m back to business as usual. Lots has happened since my week away but the one story I’d like to weigh in on is the one about Angelina Jolie.
Arguably on of the world’s most beautiful women, the Oscar winning movie star made headlines last week after revealing she under went a preemptive double mastectomy. Jolie, 37, made a decision to do something about her health that has left some people baffled. Many have asked why a perfectly healthy and beautiful woman would mutilate her body based on a statistic that says she might at some later point in life get cancer? Well It’s easy to imagine what she must of been thinking when she received this information about her health.
Think of the fear she must of had when considering she might suffer the same fate as her mother, who died from ovarian cancer after a 10 year battle at the age of 56. After learning she had a 87% risk of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer due to the defective BRCA1 gene she carries, clearly she decided that the risk was too high. Cancer is an ugly and terrible disease to have to face and if given the opportunity to take your life’s future into your own hands, how many of us would say, no, I’d rather take my chances and wait and see?
Jolie said she decided to tell her story “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.”
While the test for this gene is cost prohibitive to many who don’t have health insurance or even good health insurance, Jolie’s statement has caused a stir in the medical community and a rally cry for lowering the cost of the test. So bravo to you Angelina Jolie for shedding light on a highly personal issue, so that we as women everywhere can become more empowered!