Controversy Bandwagon

Yeah, I’m jumping on it…

In case you haven’t heard, Angelina Jolie recently had a double mastectomy. Now before everyone jumps to tan my hide for glorifying celebrities, I was actually trying to do my morning ‘catch up on the news’ by visiting all the major media Websites. There’s the Benghazi scandal, AP reporters controversy, updates on the three Ohio girls… but today covering all three as a headliner was Jolie.

So I read. And I read as many different versions as I could get my hands on. Which I do, on every topic. One reoccurring theme on each was the comment section. The hateful, slanderous, bigotry comment feeds.

It disgusted me.

Personally, I applaud Jolie on sharing her story and reasoning behind her actions. As someone who has watched family members battle breast cancer, and who has a mother who is a RN in the women’s unit of a large hospital, I’ve heard the stories, seen the results and even know women who have undergone the same preventative procedure for the exact same reasons.

This topic wasn’t foreign to me. But apparently, to a good portion of the population it was and WOW did they have a lot of opinions on it. Calling it selfish, “she can do it because she’s wealthy,” unnecessary, paranoid, etc.

Well, we’re all entitled to our opinions, but genetics and cancer aren’t discriminatory to social status, and if it takes someone famous to get the word out, so be it. In no way would that ever be an easy decision, while I’d like to sit here and say I’d make the same one — “What?! Extremely high chance of developing breast cancer? Heck yeah, chop those suckers off and build me a set of perfect ones!” — but I’m not faced with that predicament, so I really don’t know what I would do.

All I’m saying is, no one was harmed in her decision. She shed some light on a topic no one talks about, but thousands of women have to deal with and she did her part to help ensure her children get to keep their mother. If you ask me, that’s pretty dang courageous.

So educate yourselves people, hug the women in your life, because being a chick is hard — one word: childbirth. — and haters gonna hate.Image

That’s all.

7 responses to “Controversy Bandwagon”

  1. An Irish Male In America Avatar
    An Irish Male In America

    I have stayed away from this story simply because I don’t want to read the stupid comments associated with it. She tested positive for a cancer risk (minor), her mother had cancer, she took preemptive steps due to concerns regarding her kids. That’s all there is too it.

    If the most important part of your day is sitting down and bitching about it……. then you seriously have a pathetically sad life. There’s far better things you could be doing with your time……. like baking me chocolate chip cookies! (and I will bitch about the lack of those in a later post).

    So to all the haters out there, get a life. To those that realize having a life is far more important than bitching about others lives……………. where’s my cookies?

    1. Actually the gene she tested positive for is a major risk not a minor. With that gene and a family history of breast cancer she had upwards of 85% chance to develop breast or ovarian cancer. I’m an RN, just so you know.

      1. High Heels & Shotgun Shells Avatar
        High Heels & Shotgun Shells

        Thank you both for your insight!

  2. I want to high five you right now and give you a hug because you’re awesome. That is all.

    1. High Heels & Shotgun Shells Avatar
      High Heels & Shotgun Shells

      *high five* …and thanks Kelly!! 😀

  3. I also don’t understand why people are being so negative about it. If anyone else knew that their risk was that high and had the means to almost completely prevent it I bet almost every single person would make the same choice. Hell, my grandma died of breast cancer and I’ve always told people that after I’m done having kids I’m gonna get rid of them and get new ones, I mean kids will ruin them anyways right? 🙂

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