Angelina Jolie has once again shown how brave of a woman she is. The actress, 39, just revealed in an emotional op-ed that two years after undergoing a double mastectomy, she decided to remove both her ovaries and her Fallopian tubes, after a blood test showed an early sign of cancer.
Angelina Jolie never wanted her six children with husband Brad Pitt to say they lost their mother to ovarian cancer — the way she had lost her mother, aunt and grandmother to cancer. And now, they never will have to. Read Angie’s emotional new op-ed, documenting her decision to undergo two serious procedures.
Angelina Jolie Removes Ovaries After Cancer Scare
After Angie’s double mastectomy, she continued regular trips to the doctor, and planned on having the additional surgeries. However, when receiving a blood test back that showed what “could be a sign of early cancer,” she was forced to make a decision that changed her life.
“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,” she wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times titled, Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery. She went on to explain that an ultrasound showed if it was cancer, she had caught it in the early stages.
However, she made the decision last week to undergo a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy after finding “a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.”
Angelina Will Not Have Any More Kids
Read an emotional excerpt below:
It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. 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.’
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.
She also stated in her Op-Ed that she’s simply sharing her story to help others — but not saying surgery is the right move for everyone.
“I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this,” she wrote. “A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery. I have spoken to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths. There are other options. Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.”
— Emily Longeretta