Angelina Jolie - Hollywood Actress, beautiful strong mother of six children carrying the breast cancer gene which claimed the lives of both her mother and grandmother.
She has made the brave decision to have an elected mastectomy and reconstruction and now an Ooperectomy in order to reduce the risk of cancer.
I have had both of those surgeries.
I had to push really hard for my Ooperectomy even though part of my breast cancer treatment was to medically shut down my ovaries for 5 years!
Thats one abdominal injection per month for 5 years!!!
It doesn't make me feel less feminine.
It hasn't been a chore at all.
Most of the treatments I have received have given me the symtoms on menopause anyway so having the ovaries removed and being plunged into that part of my destiny was no big deal and the fact that I have reduced the risk of cancer alot is a huge reassurance for me.
Had I not had breast cancer three times ...
Had I been told that I carried the gene.....
I hope that I would have had the strength to do what Angelina Jolie has done.
I hope that her open and honest declaration makes this extremely hard decision doable for other women.