The courage of Angelina Jolie: a Mary Mitchell video column


Angelina Jolie announced in an op/ed in the New York Times on Monday night that she had chosen to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. Jolie, who's mother and grandmother died of cancer, is a carrier of the gene that mark a likelihood that she would contract breast or other types of cancer.

Reaction Tuesday was almost entirely positive and supportive, from fans and the public to Brad Pitt.

Mary Mitchell, herself a breast cancer survivor, had a similar reaction, calling Jolie courageous and her new "she-ro."


I didn't watch Mitchell's video, so I do not know if she addressed this issue or not. I agree that it took guts for Jolie to go through with a considerably major surgery based on what could happen; based on her likelihood of developing breast cancer. This move may have saved her life, or saved her months of chemotherapy and anguish. But she is in the fortunate position of being able to make this choice --- she has the money to do it. How many other people would make the same choice if they had the funds? Also, is this likelihood to develop breast cancer provide a good argument that health insurance should cover the surgery like Jolie underwent? In the long run, it could save the companies millions in what it would spend on treating cancer after it developed.

This is not courage this is fear run amok.

This gut-wrenching decision has been made by millions of women but it seems to be "new" news because Angelina Jolie went through this disfiguration process. I also wonder about all the women who, YEARS before Angelina, had this done. Where is their congratulations? Where's their brave and courageous story? How many of those ladies have made the talk-show rounds? I have always been amazed at idol worship. How society follows their every move---revels in their joy, sobs with their sadness. Cancer forms in many areas of the body: kidneys, brain, bones, liver, pancreas, esophagus, leukemia, lymphoma, thyroid, ovaries, lymph nodes, cervix, etc. So this disfigurement makes me wonder if we really can prevent cancer by doing this.

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