The brave actress underwent the complex operation after finding out she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer, so she could live a long, healthy life for her kids. What a selfless and courageous decision.
Angelina Jolie, 37, lost her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, at the young age of 56 from breast cancer. So when she found out she carried the “faulty” gene BRCA1, she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer — and dying the same tragic way her mom did. The brave actress and mom of six revealed in a New York Times op-ed column on May 14 that she chose to have a preventative double-mastectomy to save her life.
Angelina Jolie Is Keeping Kids On Their Regular Schedule
The actress began the complicated procedure on Feb. 2, and finished on April 27. Throughout the difficult time, her kids — Maddox, 11, Pax, , 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 6, Viv and Knox, 4 — were kept on their regular day-to-day schedule.
“Things have appeared normal. The kids have kept their schedules as usual,” a source told People magazine of the family. “They have been in school during the day and have attended after-school activities like they always do.”
The even enjoyed an Easter egg hunt in their Santa Barbara home on Easter weekend, which was just weeks before her final procedure.
Angelina Jolie: My Children Don’t Need To Fear Me Dying From Breast Cancer
Angelina wrote in her New York Times op-ed on May 14 that she can be honest in telling her kids that she is healthy, and won’t die from the same illness that took their grandmother.
“My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” she wrote.
“It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can,” she added.
What do YOU think of Angelina’s decision to get a double mastectomy, HollyMoms? Do you think she’s setting a good example?
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