“Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of." —Angelina Jolie
In this morning’s NYTimes, Angelina Jolie writes an open and honest op-ed piece about her decision to have a preventive double mastectomy.
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.
Her article sheds a vital light on an important and controversial issue. This is great of Angelina to talk openly about her decision, and for creating a space to talk about women’s health.
She also brings up BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing. In this age of technology and innovation, we have—and will continue to discover—resources for taking preventive measures against cancer and disease. Learn more about BRCA1/BRCA2 and genetic testing here.
I attended a screening of 10x10’s Girl Rising last night at UCSD’s International House. From the website:
GIRL RISING - a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.
Some thoughts: I would have appreciated seeing/hearing more of the nitty-gritty details of the girls’ stories. The film’s execution was more narrative and conceptual storytelling than hardcore depiction; nonetheless, Girl Rising highlights the amazing power of education in a girl’s life. It’s an undeniably vital subject. I was lucky enough to have received a great education in my youth, and it breaks my heart knowing that children in other parts of the world are not always as fortunate.
If you get the chance, watch the film. You can search for local screenings here.