I am proud that Angelina Jolie is going public with her double mastectomy. I have friends that discovered they carried the BRAC gene. These girls had to make the difficult decision to have their ovaries removed and other hormone producing nodes, thus making it so that they can never be pregnant, never carry their own child. Imagine making this decision at the age of 19? You don’t know what you will want in 5 or 10 years. By going public about her surgery, Angelina Jolie is helping spread the word that it’s okay to choose your health over the pregnancy of your own child. By having their ovaries removed, they are lowering there chances of getting breast cancer drastically. If you carry the BRAC gene, you are 50% more likely to get breast cancer. If you remove your breast tissue, you are lowering your chances of breast cancer to next to zero*. As well, you are lowering your chances of ovarian cancer as well (a cause near to my heart). Let’s celebrate that this is a great decision and this might encourage more women to procede with this terrifying operation.
*It’s very difficult to remove all the breast tissue.
Thanks! My friend Taylor is teaching me. So I’m learning lots. And I have a pretty rad custom board, so I look good. And that’s what matters.
Today my father described success to me when he said: “My office has a slurpee machine.”