5.22.2013

Angelina's Choice

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14 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

I agree with what you said about her! sandie

J said...

I also applaud her for going public with what she did. This will give other women information and courage to do the same if it applies to them.

Joyce said...

I also have admiration for her courage in facing something I'm sure was difficult, and especially her ability to place her role as mother above all else. Going public takes guts, no matter who you are.

Paula said...

Well said. I have nothing to add

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Well-said. It couldn't have been an easy decision for her, but I respect her for making it. But, um, she wears a vial of blood around her neck? Reeeeally?

mare ball said...

Susan - not anymore. When she was married to Billy Bob. :-)

Retired Knitter said...

Actually, she rose greatly in my esteem when she took that step.

I am 66 right now, but at 26 - 6 months after giving birth - I had to have a lump biopsied and removed from one breast. At that time, you had to sign away that breast - allow them to remove it entirely and all the nodes, if they found cancer - BEFORE you went into surgery. I remember the night before a nurse was prepping me for surgery and asked me how I would feel about having a breast removed if it was cancer. I remember very clearly saying: "They can take the whole right side of my body if it will save my life. I have a son at home to raise."

I am glad to see that common sense has not been lost in attacking such a problem.

Rita said...

She wouldn't have had to tell, either, because she had reconstructive surgery. I went into surgery to have a lump removed decades ago, like retired knitter, and had to agree to them taking whatever they needed to. I readily did, too--had a young son. Makes you wonder if that surgery would be covered by most insurance companies as a preventative surgical procedure.

Dana said...

Very well-said, Mare. Thank you.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

I would definitely do the same. I value my children and my life with them. I want to be with them as long as I can.

Very well written Mare - I appreciate and agree with your take on this.

Marianne said...

Very well written & thought-provoking piece. I kind of blocked the story out, but am giving the whole thing a re-visit because of you! Cancer screening scares the bajeezus out of me!

Lynda R Young said...

I also applaud Jolie. I think her experience will help a lot of women.

Misha Gericke said...

So well-said. It was a brave, strong move worthy of admiration.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Very well written post. I admire her for what she chose, and I especially admire her for going public with it. Maybe seeing a beautiful woman who chose life over breasts will help with some of the issues you mentioned. That can't be an easy decision and it seems that she is using her status for good, so maybe that will make it a little less difficult for other women.