Just two years ago, Angelina Jolie openly shared her harrowing journey of undergoing a voluntary double mastectomy in the hopes that it would help other women going through—or considering—the same thing. A test had revealed that she carried a mutated gene that put her at 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, and Jolie had already lost her grandmother, aunt, and mother to the disease.
But now, the mom of six has undergone another surgery: the removal of her fallopian tubes and ovaries, which she has written about for The New York Times.
Speaking candidly about the decision, the actress shares: "I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause."
Last week, she underwent the procedure, but urged women to understand their own health and health risks—especially those with the same condition as her. "There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally," she writes.
The mother and wife, who lost her own mother at the age of 37, is hoping to spread the message that you alone have control over your body and health.
"Regardless of the hormone replacements I'm taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared."
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