“On a personal note, 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.” -Angelina Jolie
For those unaware, I will have a mastectomy in June. This June will be the 7 year anniversary of my diagnosis of breast cancer and the beginning of treatment. Today, I am almost 7 years cancer free, but the constant anxiety is no longer something I wish myself or my family to live with, and so I have, with the support of my husband, choose to remove the worry!
I attached the link from Angelina Jolie’s story as I consider her a role model and an advocate for women’s world wide. And while her choice was not what encouraged me – we’d already begun the process when her story came out – I hope that it will be the encouragement other women in this situation need to take control of their health in a way that is best for themselves and their families.
- Angelina Jolie brings awareness to hereditary breast cancer prevention (momentumblog.bcm.edu)
- Angelina Jolie: I had preventive double mastectomy (cbsnews.com)
- Doctors Urge Women To Test For Breast Cancer Gene After Jolie’s Mastectomy (losangeles.cbslocal.com)