"I Actually Love Being In Menopause": Angelina Jolie Opened Up About A Life-Changing Health Scare And Dealing With Premature Menopause
October 18, 2018 17:11 By Fabiosa
Angelina Jolie is one of the most influential actresses in Hollywood. She is known for her charity work, and among many good causes she’s passionate about, there’s one that’s deeply personal for her: raising awareness about breast and ovarian cancer.
Jolie’s radical move to reduce the risk of cancer
Given Jolie’s family history of cancer, she knew she could be at risk. She lost her mom and grandma to ovarian cancer and her aunt had breast cancer, so the actress knew she needed to be proactive.
Jolie had a genetic test which revealed something she had suspected: she had BRCA1 gene mutation, which puts women at a very high risk of both ovarian and breast cancer.
Being a mom of six young kids, the actress decided to do something to be around for them as long as she could. She had a double mastectomy, followed by a reconstructive surgery. She decided to go public about it to urge high-risk women to get a genetic test and screening for breast cancer. She wrote in The New York Times op-ed:
I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested, and that if they have a high risk they, too, will know that they have strong options.
Jolie’s second move in the fight to avoid cancer and what the treatment led to
Two years after the mastectomy, Jolie had a blood test and the results were not good. The test suggested she could have ovarian cancer. Although further tests confirmed she did not have the disease, the actress decided to take preventive measures against cancer one step further and had her ovaries and fallopian tubes taken out. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she said about the surgery:
I went into the actual surgery happy as they come. I was skipping. Because at that point it was just preventative.
The actress entered premature menopause. It’s something that many women dread, but for Jolie, it was not too bad. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, she said:
I actually love being in menopause.
I haven’t had a terrible reaction to it, so I’m very fortunate. I feel older, and I feel settled being older.
I feel happy that I’ve grown up. I don’t want to be young again.
In the interview with Vanity Fair, Jolie admitted her skin had become drier and she had more gray hairs. Anyway, it’s better to deal with the effects of premature menopause than with something that could have happened to her had she not had the surgeries.
The actress told Vanity Fair:
I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete.
Well, that really was a smart move, and going public about it makes it even more commendable.