When St. Angie Jolie wrote an op-ed piece for The New York Times about how she had a double mastectomy after finding out that she has the BRCA1 gene, she said that she also planned to have her ovaries and fallopian tube taken out, because she wants to make sure she doesn’t get ovarian cancer. Well, she had them removed last week and she wrote all about it in another piece for The New York Times. Because she had her ovaries taken out, she’s got into menopause. Brad Pitt better get her some of that weed wax, because she’s going to need some potent shit to deal with menopause and all those little kids at the same time.
Angelina writes that wasn’t planning on getting her ovaries and fallopian tube removed for another few months, but a couple of weeks ago she got a call from her doctor who said that a number of her “inflammatory markers” were “elevated” and that it could be a sign of early cancer. He sent her off to a surgeon to have her ovaries checked out. Brad Pitt flew out from France to be with her. Her tumor test came back negative and her CT scan was clear. She was told there’s still a chance she has the very early stages of cancer, so she decided to take out her ovaries earlier than expected. She is not fucking around. Before her surgeries, she had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer and a 50% chance of getting ovarian cancer.
She writes that she didn’t only do it because she has the BRCA1 gene mutation and she wants women to know that. She talked to several doctors who said it’s her best option, because of the BRCA1 gene and because her mother, memaw and auntie all died from cancer. She was told that she should have the surgery ten years before the early onset cancer of her female relatives. St. Angie is 39 and her mom was 49 when she was diagnosed.
St. Angie kept her uterus, but she can no longer have any more biological children. She goes on to write that she knows she’s not 100% safe from cancer, but she’s reduced her chances and made the best choice for her and her familia:
It is not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, “Mom died of ovarian cancer.”
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.
I feel deeply for women for whom this moment comes very early in life, before they have had their children. Their situation is far harder than mine. I inquired and found out that there are options for women to remove their fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries, and so retain the ability to bear children and not go into menopause. I hope they can be aware of that.
It is not easy to make these decisions. But it is possible to take control and tackle head-on any health issue. You can seek advice, learn about the options and make choices that are right for you. Knowledge is power.
And several tabloid editors just threw away this week’s cover story titled: Angelina Jolie Pregnant With Quadruplets!!