Sharon Osbourne's Double Mastectomy Was a Brave Way to Fight Breast Cancer

hello magazineKris Jenner may be the reigning Queen Mother of Reality TV, but Sharon Osbourne is still undoubtedly a tough celeb mama -- and grandma! -- to reckon with. What's more, she's proven she's got a seriously smart head on her shoulders. Case in point: She made a very wise, but difficult health decision that she opened up to People magazine about this week.

After having successfully fought colon cancer a decade ago, Sharon recently dealt with health problems related to a leaky breast implant and finding out that she's a carrier of the breast cancer gene, BRCA1 or BRCA2, which means she'd have a 60 percent risk of getting it before reaching 90 years old. As soon as she found out she had it, she tells Hello magazine she thought, 'The odds are not in my favor.' As a result, she made the tough choice to have a double mastectomy


Sharon said, "I decided to just take everything off" and underwent the 13-hour operation last summer, becoming what's known as a "breast cancer previvor."

Obviously, making a call like this is a seriously emotional decision for anyone. And not that it wasn't for Sharon, but she does say she felt as though it was pretty much a "no-brainer." She elaborates:

I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl [son Jack's 6-month-old with new bride Lisa]. It's not 'pity me.' [It's] a decision I made that's got rid of this weight that I was carrying around.

She just comes off sounding so positive, gung-ho, and forward-thinking. Good for her! And thank goodness she's speaking out about her journey and clearly difficult decision. It's sure to be an inspiration to other women who happen to find themselves in her shoes.

What do you think about Sharon's choice to have a preventative double mastectomy?

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