Shortly after announcing yesterday that she had undergone a double mastectomy, a veritable who’s who of Hollywood elite came out to applaud Angelina Jolie’s decision.
Angelina, who had both of her breasts removed to lessen the chance of getting breast cancer after being told she not only carried the gene for it, but had an 87 percent chance of developing the disease, wrote about her experience in a New York Times article entitled “My Medical Choice,” which many are commending for its honesty.
Moon director (and David Bowie offspring) Duncan Jones, whose wife, Rodene Ronquillo battled the disease, offered, “Huge gentle, loose-armed hugs from me and @rodeneronquillo to Angelina Jolie for making her double mastectomy surgery public,” while director and former So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman described the work as “beautiful and brave.”
In the article, Angelina went on to explain that her decision to have the procedure was directly influenced by her mother’s death from ovarian cancer, for which Angelina also has a predisposition.
“My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer... They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was.”
Perhaps hitting a nerve, the support from her fellow Hollywood moms was astounding, with Kristen Bell calling the piece “admirable” and Marlee Matlin calling Angelina’s decision, “Brave, honest, strong.”