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Angelina Jolie and Living Simple

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angelinaI don’t know how you feel about Angelina Jolie. I guess it isn’t important.  I am a huge fan of hers, and to put that in perspective, please realize that there are few actors or actresses that I say that about.  My list of favorites is severely limited to those who care about humanity and do humanitarian work.

Consequently, I’m a big fan of Robert Redford….Matt Damon….a few others and yes, Angelina Jolie.

So recently she announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy and then had breast reconstruction.  She stated that she did this because she was in a high-risk category to have breast cancer in the future. In fact, her mother died at the age of 57 from breast cancer.

She also stated that she felt it was a necessary step because she wanted to be around for her six children.

I was floored by this announcement.  Here is one of the most beautiful actresses in the world, a woman whose very livelihood is at least partially dependent upon her looks, giving up part of her sexual arsenal because she loves her children and wants to spend many more years with them.

Now some would say that’s a no-brainer, right?  Who wouldn’t want to live longer?  But I think that is a bit of an oversimplification.  We are all accustomed to Hollywood actors and actresses who are enamored with their physical appearance and who will spend literally millions of dollars to suspend aging and appear beautiful….and then we have Jolie who says “to hell with it” and has her breasts removed because life and the love of her family are more important.

Living Simple…it doesn’t get much simpler than that….love of family and love of life!

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  1. I was floored when I heard about this–in part because I think most women, me included, feel so strongly about feeling “whole” –being alive is better

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    • Audrey, I thought is was an incredible act of bravery and common sense on her part, especially considering how women feel about being “whole” as you put it. Thanks for your input.

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  2. That is impressive, isn’t it? Gotta admire her devotion to her kids (and her own personal health) to go through with something like that. Such “down-to-earth-ness” seems extremely rare in Hollywood these days.

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  3. I saw the headlines, but didn’t read the story. She opted for a double mastectomy as preventative measures?! Wow, more power to her!

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  4. That is very impressive! I have to admit, she is one of my favorite as far as the actresses go. She is so involved, and really makes a difference. She seems like she’s a good person.

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  5. yup, I was also amazed by that news. I never thought that she had brains along with beauty (no offense)

    What she did was appalling and I admire her for it.

    Also I believe that change is always pretty. She has become prettier now!!

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  6. She is a very brave woman! Not only did she have the gene testing (which is brave in itself – there are many woman afraid to find out) but she made a decision that could not have been easy, regardless of the odds and percentages. That’s bravery. To speak out about it in the goldfish bowl that has become her life through celebrity, that’s nothing short of amazing! She not only helped ensure her children would have a mother, she may have saved many other families, too.

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    • I believe that too, Mary! For a celebrity to do this, and come out publicly about it….that is one brave woman.

      Thanks for the visit, Sister. 🙂

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