After watching her mother die from cancer, Angelina Jolie chose to protect herself with several preventive surgeries. Now, for her first public appearance since her most recent procedure, Jolie attended the Kids Choice Awards 2015 ceremony with her daughters Shiloh and Zahara, reported Page Six.
The little girls excitedly hugged their mother when they heard the announcement that Angelina had won the Favorite Villain award for Maleficent. But Jolie’s inspiring message to the youthful audience focused on hope rather than horror stories.
“I was told I was different. And I felt out of place: too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in,” Angelina recalled of her childhood.
And she offered the young people in the audience advice on how to empower themselves and embrace their differences.
“When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud,” she declared, winking to signal her humor. “Cause a little trouble. It’s good for you.”
As the Inquisitr reported, Nick Jonas hosted the Kids Choice Awards. Highlights ranged from Jennifer Hudson’s singing to Modern Family’s trophy providing enough green slime for dripping Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, and their co-stars. But it was Angelina’s message to the audience that earned praise.
In addition to her honesty about her past, Jolie has become known for her openness about her health. Two years ago, she revealed that she had undergone a double mastectomy, reported The Bump. That procedure was due to her discovery that she had a BRCA1 gene mutation known to cause cancer, as well as a family history of that disease.
This year, Angelina followed that first preventive procedure with a second surgery that removed both her fallopian tubes and ovaries. The procedure has resulted in early menopause.
In a New York Times op-ed, Jolie explained how she arrived at her decision and offered a message of hope for other women. In addition, Angelina recalled her first disclosure of how and why she chose a mastectomy.
“A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.”
Revealing that her latest preventive surgery removed both her ovaries and tubes, the 39-year-old mother of six emphasized that she wanted to inform other women that they have options while revealing while she made her personal choice.
“I did not do this solely because I carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, and I want other women to hear this. A positive BRCA test does not mean a leap to surgery. I have spoken to many doctors, surgeons and naturopaths. There are other options. Some women take birth control pills or rely on alternative medicines combined with frequent checks. There is more than one way to deal with any health issue. The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.”
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