Angelina Jolie has gained support from Hollywood after announcing her decision to undergo a double masctectomy.
Stars flocked to Twitter to give praise to the brave star on Monday, when she went public about her important surgery in an op-ed piece written in the New York Times titled, ‘My Medical Choice.’
In the article, Angelina Jolie revealed she had a 87% chance of getting breast cancer and a 50% chance for ovarian cancer because she carried the BRCA1 gene.
Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at age 56.
“We often speak of mommy’s mommy, and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me,” Angelina Jolie explained. “I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a faulty gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.”
The actress continued: “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.”
Angelina Jolie wanted to share her story to empower women.
“I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.”
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