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.