Angelina Jolie is one of the most glamorous celebrities in Hollywood today. She and Brad Pitt are the definition of a Hollywood power couple. Yet she is sharing the story of her very personal health decision with the world.

Earlier today, she disclosed that she recently underwent a double mastectomy due to her family history and genetic predisposition for breast cancer.

Her mother died in 2007 at the age of only 56 due to ovarian cancer.

In an op-ed for the New York Times today, Angelina revealed that she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer to 50% and the risk of breast cancer to a whopping 87%.

Her article is thoughtful, personal, and moving. And it goes to show perhaps one of the most important things that the battle against cancer has shown again and again:

Cancer does not discriminate. From every day people like you and me to the biggest celebrities in the world, cancer impacts all of us in many ways.

 

Kudos to Angelina Jolie not only for facing this brave decision, but also for sharing her deeply personal story with the world.