Angelina Jolie is One Brave Mom

Angelina Jolie

Earlier this week, icon Angelina Jolie shared news that shocked her fans worldwide.

The 37-year-old actress, who lost her mother to cancer in 2007, underwent three months of procedures in order to have a preventative double mastectomy. In an op-ed piece published The Times, the mother of six explained that after being told by doctors she had “an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer” she knew she had to take control and learn her options to reduce this risk.

In her piece she goes on to share some very powerful words:

I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.

She also notes that she does “not feel any less of a woman” after her double mastectomy.

I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.

As mothers, we all know we would do anything for our children. I believe she acted in a strong and courageous way, and that this will not be a decision she regrets. Knowing she may have given years of mothering time back to her children — now that’s powerful!

What do you think you might do in her shoes? Do you think it’s positive that she has come forward with her personal story?