Angelina Jolie has committed to surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes because of the chances of ovarian cancer.
This brave heart Hollywood celeb has faced a terrifying situation. Rather losing hope, this actress, director, and U.N. envoy has decided to share her feelings with others especially she thinks about women who have undergone these horrifying moments.
So she has written a personal article in Tuesday, March 24’s The New York Times, in which she described that her doctor had informed that her yearly cancer-screening blood test showed inflammatory markers which could be a sign of early ovarian cancer.
“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt,” Jolie says. “I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren,” six children’s mom continues.
“I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. The beautiful thing about such moments in life is that there is so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.”
That same day she went to visit the surgeon who had treated her mother, Marcheline Bertrand who died of ovarian cancer in 2007. Initial examination was promising but she had to wait five days for further test results.
“I passed those five days in a haze, attending my children’s soccer game, and working to stay calm and focused,” Jolie writes.
“The day of the results came. The PET/CT scan looked clear, and the tumor test was negative. I was full of happiness, although the radioactive tracer meant I couldn’t hug my children. There was still a chance of early stage cancer, but that was minor compared with a full-blown tumor. To my relief, I still had the option of removing my ovaries and fallopian tubes and I chose to do it,” she writes.
Jolie has clearly explained that her decision is not solely due to the fact she carries a BRCA1 gene mutation and she has advised other women who are going through the same condition that there are other options to a “leap to surgery.”
Though pathology revealed a small benign tumor on one ovary, but no signs of cancer, Angelina Jolie underwent a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy surgery last week.
Jolie has explained that she knows she will not be able to have any more children. She also informed that the young women who have not yet had children, “their situation is far harder than mine,” Jolie acknowledges, informing there are various surgical options that will help one to keep ovaries.
“It is not easy to make these decisions,” this celebrity concludes. “But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.”