Angelina Jolie (pictured here on the cover of Time magazine), has been classed as quite strange and criticised for a number of public events – kissing her brother on the lips at the 2000 Oscars, “stealing” Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston, adopting Black and Asian children.
On this occasion, however, I have to hold my hands up and say good on you Angelina. When I read her opinion piece in the New York Times I thought what a brave act, not only to have your breasts removed, but to go public with it as well.
Angelina’s mother, Marchline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer at the very young age of 56.
Jolie discovered she’d inherited an abnormal version of the BRCA1 gene. It means she has an 87% chance of her developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer – the disease that took her mother’s life.
Although she wasn’t diagnosed with cancer she wanted to ensure a long life with her six children and husband Brad Pitt – who saluted her bravery. Obviously her priority is to see her family grow.
I think on this occasion the critics should remain silent, she’s taken the relevant action that was right for her situation.
Have you been affected by this disease? What are your options? Would you have the bravery to make the sacrifices Angelina has?
She’s gone up in my estimation.