Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy: Melissa Etheridge Calls it a “Fearful Choice”
When Angelina Jolie made the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy because of her high-risk BRCA-1 gene mutation, many lauded the star as having made a brave choice. A fellow celeb with the gene mutation, however, disagrees.
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, 52, developed breast cancer as a result of the BRCA-1 mutation and lived to tell about it, and she says that the double mastectomy decision is the opposite of brave: "fearful."
"I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too and it's not something I would believe in for myself," Melissa told the Washington Blade. "I wouldn't call it the brave choice. I actually think it's the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer."
She says that cancer "comes from inside you," and that "so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It's the stress that will turn that gene or not. Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything, but it never comes to cancer."
What does she recommend doing to those with the gene? Think long and hard about your decision, she says, and "really consider the advancements we've made in things like nutrition and stress levels."
"I've been cancer free for nine years now and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer," she said. "There was so much acidity in everything."
It's interesting to hear that perspective from someone else with the gene, but we still think that making the decision to have a double mastectomy on your own is pretty brave if that's the right thing for you. What do you think? Was Angelina's decision brave? Does Melissa have a point?