Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Angelina Jolie and her Mother's Day gift

Hi friends,

Hope everyone had a good weekend. It was Mothers Day over here  this past Sunday so though I believe Mother's Day is everyday  and a mothers job is never done, I still wish every mom, grand-mom, god-mum, aunty, sister, nannies a belated mother's day.

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So this morning as I was trying to catch a bit of news and gossip on TV, I saw the picture of Angelina Jolie flit through my screen and I was wondering whether she had a movie coming out or she was finally tying the knot with Brad Pitt. I didn't wonder for long though as I found out she had a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against cancer.

According to the op-ed published in NY Times, she said her mother struggled with cancer for about 10 years and died at 56. She found it difficult explaining to her kids about the sickness that took their grandmother. After genetic tests, she found out she also had the defective gene with an 87 percent chance of having breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of having ovarian cancer. She said it wasn't an easy decision to make but she was happy she made it. She took a proactive step. She not only wants to stay healthy and active for her family but she also wants to confidently reassure them that she is doing everything possible to avoid the disease that took their grandma.

Before today, I wasn't a Jolie fan because of the Brad Pitt- Jennifer Aniston issue. I saw her as the "other woman" that came to destroy a "perfect" couple. I laid all the blame on her, though at the back of my mind, I knew that no 'other woman' can take your man if your man doesn't want to be taken.  Anyway, hearing this news today changed my mind about her. She is not just your average celebrity, she is also a thoughtful woman who is committed to  making the world a better place. She wrote her article in the hope that other women will benefit from her experience.

These days every news is food for reality tv, you can just imagine if this was to be happening to one of the Kardashians, they would have turned it to a media circus. She broke the news on her own weeks after the last medical procedure, in an article in NY times. Even after the procedure, I bet everyone will still think  the Lara Croft protagonist is still sexy.Though it is expensive to do the genetic tests and Jolie's situation is rare but she encouraged women with family history of breast and ovarian cancer to seek medical advice for their particular situation as every cancer is different.

 Most important for me is that she has gotten people taking about breast cancer again. There is a lot of fear and ignorance about cancer but the only way we can reduce the number of people dying from this disease annually is by awareness....by talking about it.... and then doing something about it.For that, Bravo Ms. Jolie.

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PS:There is nothing like a good support system during a time like this. ... And yes, they look good together.

17 comments:

  1. Hugging my boobs tightly to myself. I have read someone that even with preventive masectomy it isnt a 100% guarantee so i must admit, i admire her balls for going ahead with such a drastic decision.

    Wish the Brangela team well! ko easy ra ra.

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    1. My dear, not only hug your girls, don't forget to do the monthly checks on them.

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  2. She really won you over, lol.

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    1. Yes o @ilola, she got us talking about breast cancer again. The first step is awareness.

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  3. Blessings......
    We all have our crosses to bear and we do it as the best way we know how, for her, this is a solution/decision she can "LIVE" with.

    Stay blessed.
    p.s.
    I left you a smile at my place, come on over and enjoy. Laughter is good for the soul, it soothes.

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  4. Superb post and nice blog, I saw excellent news about Angelina Jolie
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  5. She was really brave! I pray it works for her.

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  6. She is one brave woman, breast cancer is no funny issue...if you can afford it go ahead and do whatever you can to prevent this disease.

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    1. In a world where we sometimes think ignorance is bliss, she is brave.

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  7. I still feel slight pity for Aniston even though somehow I'm sure she doesn't want that anymore.

    Big ups to her for the brave move. One tiny (pessimistic) voice in my head was like what if after this...

    I wish her well and I like them (Brangelina) cos they've touched and changed lives.

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    1. I wish them well too. Thanks for stopping by

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