Angelina Jolie's 1999 screenplay features 'harrowing' double-mastectomy - 16 ... - The Independent

Angelina Jolie’s 1999 screenplay features ‘harrowing’ double-mastectomy – 16 … – The Independent

Angelina Jolie’s 1999 screenplay features ‘harrowing’ double-mastectomy – 16 

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Jolie wrote the screenplay entitled Skins back in 1999 at the age of 24, the same year her mother Marcheline Bertrand was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Bertrand died from the disease in 2007 at the age of 56. In the script the woman undertook the …
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Sisters Jen Garman and Lonnie Kopcha helped each other through their double mastectomies. Both carry a genetic mutation and have a family history that increases their risk for getting cancer. Buy this photo. Did You Know? THE ANGELINA EFFECT:.
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Sizing Up Your Genes

Once again Angelina Jolie Pitt made headlines with her New York Times op-ed article "Diary of a Surgery" addressing her decision to undergo prophylactic surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She chose to have the operation after her physician informed her that inflammatory markers from a test may point to ovarian cancer. Jolie Pitt’s mother, grandmother, and aunt all lost their lives to cancer.

In 2013, Jolie Pitt revealed her decision to undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction as a safeguard against breast cancer. As a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation she had an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

There is no screening method for early detection of ovarian cancer. Sadly, it is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. Symptoms may be attributed to other conditions and ignored by the individual.

You may ask, “Why would someone undergo a surgery to remove healthy body parts and organs, radically changing her body, when she has not been diagnosed?” You may applaud her for taking such a courageous preemptive measure. You may snark, “Well she can afford it. Most people cannot.”

It’s a personal decision. I don’t think anyone should A) criticize or judge others for their choices, and B) make hasty decisions about their own health. It is important to evaluate with your physician your family history, current health, potential risks, and all outcomes and consequences for whatever decision you make. This includes how it impacts you, your family members, and your future family if you are planning one.

People who find out they carry a genetic mutation that could lead to a fatal illness for themselves, or that they can pass down to their children, carry that thought in their minds forever.

I tested positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation. This was after I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer at the age of 50. Even though there was no family history of breast cancer, my father had prostate cancer and melanoma, and his mother had pancreatic cancer. Both are also connected to the BRCA genetic mutation. My doctor explained my test results to me and noted that my risk for ovarian cancer would be greater as I grew older. I chose to have my ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Health insurance covered the cost; I was lucky… well, sort of… I had to have breast cancer first to prompt the decision to undergo genetic testing. Otherwise genetic testing would not have crossed my mind; I would not have considered spending the money or even wanting to know. Breast cancer changed that. I would do most anything not to return to that “ground zero” of my life.

Because I was in menopause, the decision to have the surgery was easy for me. I no longer needed my ovaries, and I did not want to live with the worry of having ovarian cancer. But for many the decision is not that easy. And I still live with a concern about pancreatic cancer in back-of-mind. Pancreatic cancer is often called the “silent disease” because it can manifest inside of you and often goes undetected until it is advanced.

Genetic testing does not apply just to cancer. It is something to weigh with other hereditary illnesses, from Tay Sachs to Cystic Fibrosis. In the movie “About Alice,” Julianne Moore’s character, facing early onset Alzheimer’s Disease undergoes genetic testing as do two out of her three children. One finds out she is a carrier; the other is not. The third chooses not to have the test. Some would rather not know.

As someone who faced the decision herself, here are some things to weigh when considering genetic testing:

1. If you test positive it does not mean you need to resort to preemptive surgery in the case of your breasts or your ovaries. There are options such as surveillance and more frequent testing. You should ask your doctor who can also refer you to a clinical genetic specialist to discuss the latest tests and surveillance protocol.

2. You can ask about participating in research programs but realize these may not be covered by your health insurance. You need to ask your health insurance provider first. Make sure you have the exact names of the tests and reason(s) for undergoing them in writing from your doctor. I find it pays to call your health insurance carrier first and request from them in writing what us and is not covered.

3. If you are of child-bearing age you need to weigh the fact that you could pass the mutation to your children, but there is no guarantee. One sibling could have the genetic mutation and the other may not.

4. Removing your ovaries takes you into menopause and all of its wonderful side effects. Aside from no longer being able to conceive children, you may experience changes in skin texture, hair thickness, hot flashes, memory issues, moodiness and decreased sex drive. As someone who was diagnosed either estrogen receptor positive breast cancer, I personally am not a fan of hormone replacement therapy. Again, it is a personal decision based on your bio-individuality.

5. Finally, you need to realize that if you test positive for BRCA1 or BRCA2 you may be at risk for other cancers such as melanoma, colon cancer and pancreatic cancer. This means you need to be vigilant about taking care of yourself with a healthy diet, exercise, manage stress, wearing sunscreen and regular exams. Unfortunately in my case it also means every stomachache and gastro-intestinal episode puts me in a tizzy of fear that my pancreas is going to the cancer dogs. And I spend way too much time staring at spots and dots on my skin.

What I appreciate about Angelina Jolie Pitt’s candidness about her decisions is that she opens up the conversation and brings women’s health issues top of mind. Everyone seems to zero in on breast cancer and not nearly enough people focus on the cancers that can brew “down there.” Have you ever seen an image of a uterus on a T-shirt with a cutesy nickname or slogan?

Also realize it may be a conversation you want to have but other family members may not want to hear. Some loved ones may not feel the same way you do about knowing the outcome. Approach the topic with sensitivity.

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Cancer du sein : Au Venezuela, la crise multiplie les mastectomies

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Le cancer du sein est une maladie qui peut souvent se soigner par des radiothérapies. Malheureusement, au Venezuela, ce traitement n’est plus une option pour de nombreuses femmes à cause de la crise financière touchant le pays. Une situation qui rend impossible le remplacement de matériel cassé et oblige ainsi les médecins à réaliser des mastectomies en série.

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Angelina Jolie Unknowingly Wrote Her Breast Cancer Story in 1999

Gendron Recheche, #Cancer It has been revealed that Angelina Jolie had unknowingly foretold her future in 1999, which was 14 years before her own surgery, when she wrote a story portraying a girl who opts for a double mastectomy because her mother was dying of breast cancer. The 39-year old actress didn’t know that eight years after writing the fictional tale called ‘Skins’ when she was 24, her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, would die of ovarian cancer and that in 2013 she would get her breasts …

things i know about my gender identity (probably):

i want top surgery if not a double mastectomy and chest contouring then a breast reduction
i am heavily considering hrt but i don’t feel comfortable deciding on that until much later
i like she/her but i also like he/him pronouns 
im not interested in bottom surgery
i dont think i could ever comfortably call myself a transman because i dont think that im 100% male so i think genderfluid might be a good id until a later date and until im more confident in my feelings
presenting masculine makes me feel comfortable and happy
not wearing a tight sports bra makes me really uncomfortable and upset (going to invest in a binder for sure)

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Different anon. I can't find all the material for this little Starlights Gender conflict, but I'm assuming it's over their pronouns/whether they're trans? I totes agree that they def fit under the trans label, but it's weird in that they're constantly going back and forth so which to use? I use both depending on when I'm taking about- if they're in sailor form, she, if not, he. What do you think? I think it's also possible that on their planet gender isn't as fixed & u can flux. #myheadcannon


I’ve only ever seen one other anime with a character who was clearly under the trans umbrella—and weirdly enough, it was a shounen franschise (Yu-Gi-Oh: GX, to be precise). Just in case you’ve only seen the dub, let me throw the unedited character at you:

That is Yubel, and no, they are not a woman who had a single mastectomy, they are a being that is physically both male and female. It’s not clear what Yubel’s actual self-identity is—they use “boku,” which is traditionally male (can be used by women, usually isn’t) and during their time as an antagonist they prefer to possess male bodies—but, although they can change their voice at will, they speak as a woman and have traditionally female facial features. Here’s where I find this comparison relevant:

After Yubel is healed and becomes a protagonist, their companion stops using pronouns for them altogether. Sentences that should normally contain pronouns naturally in their setup, like “I would trust Yubel with my life, as she would trust me with hers!” are noticeably lacking in them: “I would trust Yubel with my life, as Yubel would trust me!” And this is the default—I don’t remember Jyuudai ever using a pronoun for Yubel again after their final battle together. Likewise, almost immediately after the reveal that the Starlights and Three Lights are one and the same, we get:

“Taiki is still Taiki.”

It’s not an awkward or stilted sentence, and it could naturally be set up that way, but I find it interesting that the immediate default is to a pronounless sentence.

My normal assumption would be to go by the Starlights’ self-identification—if, say, Taiki uses “ore” but Star Maker uses “atashi,” then clearly Taiki is male and Star Maker is female. But one, I’ve never seen Stars with audio (never had access to it, and I’m experiencing it for the first time through Jet’s rewatch), and two, there are pronouns that complicate that immensely—go back to my Zoisite example, where he uses mostly gender-neutral pronouns and can clearly change his body at will. We assume he’s male because everyone else calls him “he,” but what if he’d spent his entire arc going about his business in female disguise? Then what would we call him?So with that being what’s available to me, I would absolutely go with “they.” Unless they use gendered pronouns for themselves, it’d be nonsense to use anything else.
I helped save a kid’s testicle yesterday.

 This week at clinicals was definitely interesting.  Thursday I only got to actually scrub into one case, a lateral ankle repair.  It actually ended up kind of being an adventure because one of the anchors that would have kept the ends of the suture down in the bone broke (twice), so we (well, the doctor) ended up using fiberwire to suture the sutures.  It was really interesting.  I had watched a similar procedure one of my classmates had scrubbed into right before so I had an idea on the set up, which made me feel a bit better going in.

I also got to watch a mastectomy on Thursday.  It was as horrifying (as a woman myself) as I expected, but also really interesting.  Getting to see the chest muscles exposed was…amazing.  I mean, you see the anatomy in books and on mannequins in A&P, but seeing it in real life is completely different and so amazing.  I also got to hold the breast after it was removed.  That was…different.  I mean, you know that breasts are just fat and milk ducts, but to actually feel it and lift it was super cool.

Friday, I got to scrub into two cases. I ran the camera in a lap chole, which was something I’d been wanting to do.    Its only the second time I’ve ever run a camera in a case, but I didn’t do too bad.  At least, the doctor told me I did a good job, so there’s that.

My second case on Friday is currently my most favorite case.  I was supposed to scrub into a couple of cystos after lunch, but when I came out, my instructor told me “You’re not doing the cystos anymore.” I know my face fell a bit, and then she said “I’ve got something better”.  I look at the board where a case had been added- scrotal exploration and orchiopexy.

At first, I was weirded out (probably because I’m a virgin and had never seen a penis before I started clinicals), but it soon turned to giggles, which then turned to excitement.  The patient had to come from an hour away, so there was a bit of a wait.  Than a little more.  Then I started getting worried that I wasn’t going to be able to scrub the case.  Luckily, I did, and our instructor even let us (one of my classmates scrubbed in to assist) stay after our official leave time to finish the case.

The case ended up being surprisingly interesting.  The urologist was great about teaching the anatomy and explaining everything.  I got to touch the testicles and the anatomy.  We even got to use a doppler to verify blood flow (the testicle had been twisted THREE times).  I’m super glad I got to scrub this case.  I even manged to not giggle the entire time, although my eyes did get huge when the doctor pulled the twisted testicle out of the scrotum.  It was probably 1.5 times (at least) the size of the other testicle. 

Overall, a good week.

Kelly Osbourne poses showing 'abundance' in low-cut shirt

Kelly Osbourne showed off the ‘front commission’ in a generous selfie published profile on Instagram on Saturday, 28. As shown, it appears next to a friend. Recently, the presenter drew attention by declaring in a TV show you want to do a double mastectomy and Angelina Jolie did two years ago. She revealed to have ‘cancer gene’ as the actress and said he had taken the test encouraged by her…

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Kelly Osbourne poses showing 'abundance' in low-cut shirt

Kelly Osbourne showed off the ‘front commission’ in a generous selfie published profile on Instagram on Saturday, 28. As shown, it appears next to a friend. Recently, the presenter drew attention by declaring in a TV show you want to do a double mastectomy and Angelina Jolie did two years ago. She revealed to have ‘cancer gene’ as the actress and said he had taken the test encouraged by her…

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Actress Angelina Jolie has opted to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to “prevent cancer”  CNN reports initially that tests said she could be in early stages but then later tests reported NO cancer. Previously she had a double mastectomy despite some of the leading experts in the world saying this was highly unnecessary …


“Prior to her ovariectomy Angelina Jolie requested a meeting with fellow BCRA 1 sufferer andPink Hope founder Krystal Barter.

Barter launched her prevention of hereditary cancer charity in 2009 while in a hospital bed recovering from a preventative double mastectomy – four years before Jolie’s surgery. She also had one of her ovaries and both her fallopian tubes removed last year as 25 women in her family have battled cancer. While she was undergoing that surgery, her grandmother died after a 30 year fight against recurring cancers.

"I know I’ve got to do it," Jolie told Barter about the plans to undergo her second procedure.

"We’ve both watched the women we love face cancer, I just hugged her and said thank you for speaking out and giving preventative health organisations like ours a voice and a platform," Barter said.

"As Angelina says ‘knowledge is power’ and because of her informative, empowering  and resourceful opinion piece a lot of people around the world will start thinking about what they can do to prevent cancer, not fight it."


—-Krystal Barter, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the Unbroken premiere in Sydney—-

—-Krystal Barter with first lady Margie Abbott. Photo: Vivian Gray—



Inside Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Decision

Is Removing Our Organs An Act of Preventing Disease Or An Act of Desperation?

Actress Angelina Jolie revealed that she has removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent cancer. This follows her preventive surgery in 2013 of a double mastectomy; Jolie revealed that she carried a mutation of her BRCA1 gene that gave her an estimated 87 per cent risk of breast cancer and a 50 per cent risk of ovarian cancer. She still has her uterus, adding that uterine cancer does not run in her family. Her mother and grandmother both died of cancer. “She says she will look for ways to strengthen her immune system to prevent cancers.”

Kelly Osborne Annouces She Plans To Have Her Ovaries

Kelly Osborne Annouces She Plans To Have Her Ovaries

It was at the start of this week that actress Angelina Jolie annouced that last week she underwent an operation to remove her ovaries.

Well now Kelly Osborne has annouced that she will have to have the same procedure becuase she has found out that she had the gene.

Just hours after Jolie broke the news Kelly appeared on The Talk show in the US to tell her story.

Kelly admitted:

‘I actually do…

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