One of the toughest decisions for women, especially those of childbearing age, must be choosing to undergo a surgery to have their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed so as to reduce the risk of developing cancer.
Even though there were other options Angelina Jolie, 39, whose mother, grandmother and aunt died of cancer, decided that having a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy performed was the best choice.
You may remember that back in 2013, Angelina confessed that she had to undergo a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer since several genetic tests revealed she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene that gave her a really high percentage risk of breast cancer. Well, she won that battle then, and kept strong enough to face a new one.
According to the letter published in The New York Times entitled “Angelina Jolie Pitt: Diary of a Surgery,” in 2014 she realized her fight against cancer was not over. According to her doctor, a test showed there were a number of elevated markers which could be a sign of early cancer. Even though The PET/CT scan looked clear, and the tumor test was negative, Angelina’s doctors indicated that preventive surgery was the best option so she chose to do it.
In this same letter she explains how she felt before and after the surgery, which has put her into forced menopause. Angelina makes it clear that it is important to know what you live for and what matters.
She ends her letter with an encouraging message full of hope and positivity. “It is impossible to eliminate risk entirely, and the truth is that I am still prone to cancer. I’ll find natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine and confident about the decisions I am making for me and my family.”
Once again Angelina Jolie proves to be an example of overcoming challenges. For her, “Knowledge is power”, what do you think?