In a recent interview with The New York Times actress-director Angelina Jolie talked about the procedure she has undergone in which her fallopian tubes and ovaries were removed as a preventative measure. Jolie explained that she carries a gene that gives her a 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
“I went through what I imagine thousands of other women have felt. 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.”
“(I) had been planning this for some time,” as “it is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. 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.”