You shut your mouth when you say things like this, Melissa Etheridge!
We’re kidding! But wow did this catch us off-guard!
Angelina Jolie’s choice to undergo a preventative double mastectomy has been lauded as extremely courageous, but this singer doesn’t feel that way.
Etheridge, who beat breast cancer, said:
“I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer. My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not. Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything but it never comes to cancer so I would say to anybody faced with that, that choice is way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do and to really consider the advancements we’ve made in things like nutrition and stress levels. I’ve been cancer free for nine years now and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer. There was so much acidity in everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion.”
What Angelina did was an extremely personal decision, but it’s inneresting that Etheridge is basically saying she’d go through five rounds of chemo again, and take the chance of it not working, rather than prevent it.
What’s really courageous about what Angelina did was sharing this experience with the world and helping people who may be in this same position.
After all, she had an 87 percent chance of developing cancer!
These are pretty strong statements from Etheridge, but we’re curious how you feel…
What Do You Think???
- They both have good points. (37%)
- Melissa's got the right idea. Just take care of yourself and you'll be fine. (15%)
- Angelina IS brave! Prevention saves lives! (48%)
Total Votes: 10,789
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Tags: angelina jolie, breast cancer, double mastectomy, health, melissa etheridge