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Angelina Jolie Got Her Boobs Chopped Off, Yay Angelina Jolie!
Some years ago, we saw a film that made us want to murder all the people. It was called "In the Family," and it was about a young lady who has the BRCA gene that killed all her grandmothers and all her mothers and all her aunts with lady cancer. In this film, the young lady, Joanna Rudnick, went around with a camera to interview all the widowers of ladies who had died from the same types of breast and ove cancer. In every segment she was pretty much like "Sorry your wife died. NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT ME! Should I chop my boobs off? What do YOU think about my boobs?"
We were not complimentary about this film (review no longer online). We got letters! At least one of which was thoughtful and sober and made us feel sort of bad for screaming at the young lady JESUS CHRIST CHOP YOUR BOOBS OFF ALREADY DON'T BE A FUCKING IDIOT, IDIOT! And who has listened to us (probably not us, specifically)? One Miss Lady Angelina Jolie. And we could not be happier for her.
Jolie writes in the NYT about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy.
Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.
On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.
But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.
We are very, very glad she did. Whether she gets to stay on Ben Shapiro's spanklist is another question entirely. Probably not though, since she will be 40 in only three years.
[ NYT ]