Angelina Jolie is an incredibly strong woman.
Just two years after Angelina underwent a preventive double mastectomy, the actress recently had her ovaries removed to avoid the possibility of ovarian cancer.
Sadly, ovarian cancer is what killed the humanitarian's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in 2007. At the time of Marcheline's death, she was 49 — just ten years older than Angie is now.
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Jolie made the difficult decision, which will set her into early menopause, after a blood test detected what could have been the early markers of cancer.
The momma wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times:
"I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn't live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful."
What an amazing way to handle such a difficult situation. We don't doubt hubby Brad Pitt was by her side the entire time!
While the test thankfully came out negative for cancer, the 39-year-old decided it was best not to tempt fate considering her family history and that she still faced the possibility of early stage cancer. After some careful consideration, the mother of 6 had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.
As for the repercussions of the surgery, the Changeling star explained:
"Regardless of the hormone replacements I'm taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared. The fact is I remain prone to cancer. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, 'Mom died of ovarian cancer.'"
We're glad Jolie was able to see the big picture — her well being and family is everything!
Despite Angelina's decision to remove her ovaries, she advises women to do whatever they feel is the best for themselves.
We commend the actress' bravery and we wish her the best of health.
[Image via WENN.]
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