The mother of 6 has revealed that she got her ovaries removed on medical grounds recently, nearly two years after having both breasts removed via double mastectomy,
Angelina Jolie will not be able to have any
more children, thank God she already has
6 kids.In a personal essay published in the NewYork times she writes….
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. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally.
Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results.
“Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test
measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to
monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.But
that wasn’t all. He went on. “There are a number of inflammatory
markers that are elevated, and taken together they could be a sign
of early cancer.” I took a pause. “CA-125 has a 50 to 75 percent chance
of missing ovarian cancer at early stages,” he said. He wanted me to
see the surgeon immediately to check my ovaries
In my case, the Eastern and Western doctors I met agreed that surgery to
remove my tubes and ovaries was the best option, because on top of the
BRCA gene, three women in my family have died from cancer. My doctors
indicated I should have preventive surgery about a decade before the
earliest onset of cancer in my female relatives. My mother’s ovarian
cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I’m 39.
I called my husband in France, who was on a plane within hours. 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
Last week, I had the procedure: a laparoscopic bilateral
salpingo-oophorectomy. There was a small benign tumor on one ovary, but
no signs of cancer in any of the tissues.
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
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
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
Culled from the Nytimes