Angelina Jolie is the most recent famous mama to undergo a mastectomy (although her double mastectomy was strictly preventative) in order to greatly reduce her chances of breast cancer.
Simply treating cancer with drugs and radiation is no longer an option for many celeb moms who have been diagnosed with the debilitating disease or have breast cancer in their family. Rightfully so, their lives and the continuation of their happy families come first, so messing around with lengthy treatments come second to attacking the disease at its root.
See which other celebrity moms have opted for the surgery and bravely spoken up about their decision and experience.
Angelina Jolie (preventative, 2013)
“Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could,” Angelina writes in her op-ed titled “My Medical Decision” in The New York Times. “I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.”
“I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” she continues. “It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
Brad Pitt also weighed in on his wife’s decision, telling the London Evening Standard, “Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic.”
"All I want for is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children,” Brad continued. “This is a happy day for our family.
Sharon Osbourne (preventative, 2012)
"As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favor,'” Sharon told the UK’s Hello!. "I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy."
"For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer," she says. "I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to [my son Jack’s baby daughter] Pearl.”
Giuliana Rancic (2011)
“To be honest,” Giuliana told the Today Show, “at the end, all it came down to was choosing to live and not looking over my shoulder the rest of my life.”
Radar also quotes Giuliana from Glamour talking about her return to work at E!, saying, “It was like, ‘Hey, guys, cut the bulls**t’ — I’m the exact same person I was before,” Rancic said. “I’m still shallow, I still love clothes, I still want to talk fashion, I still want to gossip, so lay it on me!”
In an open response on E! to Angelina Jolie’s public announcement of her double mastectomy, Giuliana writes, “For me, the decision to go public was a very difficult one, but I couldn't ignore the incredible platform I have. There is nothing like the feeling when a woman comes up to me on the street and says, ‘Because of you I got my first mammogram,’ or ‘Because of you, I got that strange lump checked out and it ended up being early stage breast cancer.’”
Christina Applegate (2008)
“Sometimes, you know, I cry and sometimes I scream and I get really angry and I get really like, you know, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes,” Christina told Good Morning America. “And I think that’s — it’s all part of healing, and anyone who’s going through it out there, it’s OK to cry. It’s OK to fall on the ground and just scream if you want to.”
“I’m going to have cute boobs ’til I’m 90, so there’s that,” she joked. “I’ll have the best boobs in the nursing home. I’ll be the envy of all the ladies around the bridge table.”
Sources: The New York Times, London Evening Standard, Today, Hello!, Radar, E!
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