Following Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy she is now expected to have her ovaries removed to reduce risk of ovarian cancer.
Like many, you may have been following Angelina Jolie in the latest news reports. People Magazine has recently revealed that Angelina will have her ovaries removed to cancel out the risk of ovarian cancer.
ABC news, Lesley Messer – Reports
Earlier this week, Angelina Jolie revealed that she’d had a preventive double mastectomy and her doctor credits the actress’s positive attitude and strength for her quick recovery.
“To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation,” Dr. Kristi Funk writes in an essay on the Pink Lotus Breast Center’s website. “Angelina expected to feel well, to be active.”
In the essay, Funk details Jolie’s treatment, including her initial BRCA gene diagnosis, surgeries and recovery.
“On day four after her mastectomies, I was pleased to find her not only in good spirits with bountiful energy, but with two walls of her house covered with freshly assembled storyboards for the next project she is directing,” Funk reveals.
Funk also credits Brad Pitt for standing by Jolie’s side throughout the three-month ordeal. After Jolie’s first operation, which took place at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, an outpatient facility in Beverly Hills, Calif., Funk says Pitt “was on hand to greet her as soon as she came around from the anesthetic, as he was during each of the operations.”
Funk also details which medications she prescribed to Jolie, as well as a rundown of the actress’s medical history. She writes that Jolie’s mother, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007, also battled breast cancer, and that Jolie’s grandmother had ovarian cancer as well. As a result, Jolie will ultimately have her ovaries removed too, according to People magazine.
“Many women, unfortunately, do not know that BRCA gene mutations exist and could affect them,” Funk writes. ”Like Angelina, I urge women who feel they may have a reason to be at risk for a BRCA gene mutation — perhaps because of a strong family history of cancer — to seek medical advice and to take control of their futures.”
Another report Mail Online, by Amanda Platell states –
Brave or deluded? If Angelina wanted to set a more honest example, she would not behave like Lara Croft. She would slow down, take time to recuperate and nurture herself back to full strength over a period of months.
I’ve no doubt Angelina is sincere in her devotion to her children, but the best thing she could do for them — and for all families in the same position — is to acknowledge what a traumatic ordeal she has been through and take time off work to rest and recover and just be a mum. I, for one, would admire her all the more.
Angelina is possibly facing her greatest struggle whilst being proactive about her situation, sharing her story, helping the millions of women who have mastectomies, breast surgery or hysterectomies each year, to acknowledge what a traumatic ordeal the circumstances can be and the options women have. Jolie stated “For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options,”
If you can rest and nurture yourself for a few months, that’s fantastic but there is no need to ridicule those with an active life. We all heal at different rates, and our life’s activities depend on many different variables.
Having major surgeries myself, I would defiantly have to agree with Jolie’s Doctor. Recovery does reflect expectations, as well as your current state of emotional and physical health. Angelina Jolie has always reflected a strong woman. To say she is not brave but deluded is unfounded.
Sure, after any surgery there is a considerable amount of time needed for total rest. In my experience, I believe staying active was beneficial to my recovery. Keeping the mind and body active before, during and after surgery tells every cell your body ‘it is well, it needs to be functioning and strong to survive, thus encouraging the natural healing processes of the body mechanics.
Whatever your feelings are about Angelina Jolie, I for one express gratitude to such a courageous women for shedding light on a dark situation.
Thank you Angelina Jolie.