Angelina Jolie looked happy and healthy if not a little more conservatively dressed at this year’s Oscar celebrations. Despite her surgeries over the past year, Angelina recently shared that she is set to go under the knife once more for yet another cancer preventing procedure after her double mastectomy and plastic surgery breast reconstruction of last year.
38-year old mother and human rights advocate has long loved to shock her fans and she did so earlier this year when she opted for a double preventive mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases her risk of breast cancer (See Make Me Heal’s story on Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy).
Many have applauded Angelina’s openness about her elective surgery and she has become something of a hero for the preventive mastectomy movement.
Women who have double mastectomy often have different ways of dealing with the their loss of breasts, from wearing silicone breast prosthesis to getting tattoos that celebrate the area.
In Angelina’s case, she opted for breast reconstruction, which allows her to wear the same sexy black tops that have become her signature look.
Angelina first came out with her story in an editorial for The New York Times. In the piece, she explains her decision to undergo mastectomy and reconstruction:
“I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” she wrote of her six kids with fiance Brad Pitt. “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.”
“There have been many advances in [reconstructive surgery] in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful,” she added, noting that she did not feel like “any less of a woman” without her natural breasts. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity,” she explained.
At the time that Angelina revealed her decision for a preventative plastic surgery, she also said that she would be having another surgery to remove her ovaries and thus significantly lessen the risk of ovarian cancer.
It seems that now the time has come as Angelina tells Entertainment Weekly she is getting ready to have more surgery soon.
“There’s still another surgery to have, which I haven’t yet. I’ll, you know, I’ll get advice from all these wonderful people who’ve I’ve been talking to, to get through the next stage.”
When asked how she feels about surgery and her past procedures, Angelina revealed, “I’m great!…I’m very happy I made the decision. I was very fortunate to have great doctors and very, very fortunate to have a good recovery and have a project like Unbroken to have something to be really focused on, to be getting healthy for, and to be able to just get right back to work.”
“I feel very, very close—much closer—to other women, and women who are going through the same thing. Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children…The reason that I wrote it was to try to communicate and help and connect with other women and other families going through the same thing. And…I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.”