It's been almost a year since Angelina Jolie's powerful op-ed about her preventative double mastectomy ran in The New York Times. And the actress, director, and mother of six is now speaking out about what's next for her and poignant experiences that stemmed from "coming out" with the personal news.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly for their March 14 issue, Angie admitted, referring to a prophylactic oophorectomy to prevent ovarian cancer, "There's still another surgery to have, which I haven't yet. I'll, you know, I'll get advice from all these wonderful people who I've been talking to, to get through that next stage." By wonderful people, she means not only the doctors who've supported her journey, but regular people she's met and bonded with over the past year.
Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I've talked to men about their daughters' and wives' health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children.
What an important lesson for anyone grappling with a health challenge, whether it's your own or a loved one's. It always helps to talk to someone going through the same thing, who has been there before, who can offer advice or just a shoulder to lean on. I'm sure Brad is an amazing rock for Angie, but it sounds like it's been a tremendous help to bond with others.
Angie elaborated on just how much opening up has paid off:
I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people. I'm great! I'm very happy I made the decision. I was very fortunate to have great doctors and very, very fortunate to have a good recovery and have a project like Unbroken to have something to be really focused on, to be getting healthy for, and to be able to just get right back to work.
Love it! And hope we continue to hear how Angelina has touched the lives of others ... and how others have touched her life as she continues her journey.
Who or what helped you get through a personal health challenge like Angelina's?
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