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Angelia Jolie says doctors told her she had an 87-percent chance of developing breast cancer.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Actress Angelina Jolie is revealing she has undergone a preventive double mastectomy. In a "New York Times" op-ed piece, the Oscar winner writes she decided to have the surgery after finding out she is a carrier of the BRCA1 cancer gene. Jolie says doctors told her she had an 87-percent chance of developing breast cancer. Her mother battled cancer for nearly ten years and died at the age of 56.
After three months of medical procedures this year, Jolie says her chances of getting breast cancer are now less than five percent. She credits her partner, actor Brad Pitt, for his support and for being with her during her surgeries. Jolie says they both knew it was the right thing to do for their family. Jolie and Pitt have six children.
From her editorial article in the New York Times:
"MY MOTHER fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to
meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never
have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.
We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took
her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them
not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of
developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer."
Click here to read the entire article on nytimes.com. What do you think about her decision? Leave your comments below.
Have you ever wondered what you could do to get your kids to actually eat their veggies? My Dietitian friend Kim Kirchherr had a GREAT idea! She talks about that and how to use radishes from the garden.
This is the radish recipe Kim found, courtesy of essentialeveryday.com.
½ (16 ounce) package Essential Everyday™ Gemelli
½ pound green beans, cut in half
½ cup Essential Everyday Light Mayonnaise
¼ cup Essential Everyday Italian Dressing
½ red bell pepper, diced
¨ø cup shredded Asiago or Parmesan cheese
½ cup julienned radishes
¼ cup sliced green onions
¼ cup Essential Everyday Pine Nuts, toasted
Serving Size 1/12 of recipe; Calories155; Total Fat 7g; Saturated Fat 1g; Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 190mg; Carbohydrates 17g; Fiber 2g; Protein 5g
This might just be the most decadent brownie recipe I've ever seen. The recipe calls for an entire package of Oreos layered with cookie dough and brownie. And ok, the name of these brownies made me laugh out loud, too (called "Slutty Brownies"). Click here to take a look at the recipe.
If you will be hosting a graduation open house like I will be, this is a lifesaver. Recipes for dishes you can make ahead of time and freeze. I'm going to try the baked ziti first. That and other great ideas when you click here.
If you've ever thought about taking in or fostering a rescue dog, this should help you decide YES!
Take a look at this video and let me know-was the kid right to go off on his teacher?
Watch what happens and decide: Would You Do The Same?
I finally had a chance to get flowers for my house yesterday. The challenge? Get all of these into my little car.
Anderson Cooper took a trip to Cleveland and interviewed Ramsey and it’s incredible. You’ll hear a really heartbreaking story about a guy traumatized by the fact he lived next door to three monsters for years and had no clue. Now, Ramsey can’t sleep and thinks he would have killed the three captors if he knew what they were up to. The seven-minute interview is hilarious, chilling, gripping, wacky and great. I mean, the guy even says any reward money he gets should go to the victims.
Incase you missed his first interview: