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Every year, over 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer. “Whether you have cancer or are close to someone who does, understanding what to expect can help you cope,” says the American Cancer Society.
Angeline Jolie Pitt lost her mother to Ovarian cancer at a young age. With this in mind, the actress, filmmaker and special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, recently made a courageous decision to remove her ovaries and Fallopian tubes to squash her potential risk of Ovarian cancer. She then wrote about the entire process and released it to the press because as she states, “I want other women to hear this.”
Angelina Jolie Pitt’s letter is bound to impact lives as it exposes the raw reality, which is that we are all vulnerable. There is no sugar coating the issue. There is however, a great force that we may protect ourselves with: knowledge.
“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.”
She reaches around the world with this letter to educate individuals of the importance in recognizing your susceptibility to different forms of cancer. No matter your age, gender, wealth, lifestyle, you must be aware of your family history, know your body and know that there are always different routes to fight cancer.
Angelina’s struggle is important to be discussed because reminds us that we are all susceptible to cancer. Perhaps the victims are not those who have the disease and fight, but those whom never protect themselves from the possibility.
“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.”
“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 peaceful.”