Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Angelina Jolie undergoes double mastectomy, discusses journey in op-ed piece

In what was considered a brave move by many, Angelina Jolie announced on Tuesday that she recently underwent a preventative double mastectomy after learning she carried a "faulty" gene, BRCA1, which heightens the risk of acquiring breast and ovarian cancer. She made the announcement in an op-ed piece in The New York Times titled "My Medical Choice."

In the touching article, she wrote that she woke up from one of the surgeries feeling like she was in "a scene out of a science-fiction film," but that "I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."

She also encouraged women that are facing cancer to consider their options and hoped that testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes becomes more affordable and accessible to women worldwide.

To learn more about Jolie's journey, click HERE.

To learn more about the details of Jolie's procedures by Dr. Kristi Funk at Pink Lotus Breast Center, where she was treated, click HERE.

Photo via Bohomoth 
Source via The New York Times

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