Angelina Jolie ‘Overwhelmed’ By Support Following Mastectomy

Angelina Jolie is “overwhelmed” by the public’s support since announcing her brave decision to undergo a double mastectomy yesterday

The 37-year-old actress and mum-of-six wrote an incredibly moving piece for the New York Times, which explains why she chose to have the procedure, and how it’s saved her life. Angelina had the operation after discovering she’s a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which means she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer. 

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has now shared the star’s thanks on his Twitter feed, saying: “I’ve spoken to Angelina Jolie several times in [the] last few days, and she has been so strong, so brave, so determined.

“She wants to use her medical issues to nurture a [national] conversation on health options. No self-pity; she just wants to help. 

He added: “Angelina also asked me to thank everyone. She is SO grateful and overwhelmed by the outpouring of public support. And she’s thrilled and grateful to see people taking this and having serious, empowering discussions of women’s health.” 

Brad Pitt told the Evening Standard last night that it was a “happy day” for his family. 

We’re still blown away by her bravery. Sending lots of love and get well wishes, Angie… 

By Rebecca Martin, 15th May 2013

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