Inspirational woman: Angelina Jolie

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Whether you remember her character in ‘Girl, Interrupted’ or you loved her part as Lara Croft, it is safe to say that both men and women across the world think the Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in the world.

In recent news, she has – in my eyes – become even more beautiful. She has made the incredibly brave decision to have a double breast mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. The 37-year-old woman has a family history of the illness and carries a rare faulty gene (called BRCA1) that encourages the cancer to spread. Doctors had tested her and found that she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and 50% chance of ovarian cancer. She sadly lost her mother at the age of 56, after she had battled against cancer for over a decade and this was a big part of the inspiration towards her decision.

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The process began earlier in the year, in February, where she had the double mastectomy, before having the implants fitted at the end of April. She stated that she “… to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could”. Her chances of developing either breast or ovarian cancer have now dropped to just 5% which is an incredible difference. During her interview, she stated that her long term partner, Brad Pitt, had been an unbelievable support.

Her reason for publicising her story was to let other women going through similar situations know that it is going to be okay, and to let them know that they have options. She said in her interview that she felt ‘empowered’ from her choice and happy that she could reassure her three biological and three adopted children.

I hope that this blog post has inspired you.

Peace and love, Polly May xx

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