Angelina Jolie Fights Cancer Again
She already has six children, but that won’t have made the decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed any easier. Angelina Jolie has bravely spoken out about the agonising decision she had to make in an effort to prolong her life. However, the harrowing procedure will not stop her from getting cancer. The bad news comes at the worst possible time as Ange has also been labelled an ‘absent parent’ after a former teacher disclosed that the Jolie-Pitts have a nanny for each of their children.
Angelina’s Never Going to be Free
Two years ago Ange, 39, stunned the world by revealing that she was having a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing cancer. She had learned she had a genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancers in particular, after her aunt, mother and grandmother all died of the disease. Even though she believed she was in the clear, recent blood tests showed markers that her doctor said could be early signs of cancer. After considering all the options and discussing them with her husband Brad Pitt, 41, Angelina elected to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, knowing it was no guarantee she’d stay cancer-free. Writing in The New York Times, Ange said: “It’s not possible to remove all risk, and the fact is I remain prone to cancer. I will look for natural ways to strengthen my immune system. I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say: ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer’.”
An Early Menopause
Having her ovaries removed has had a major side effect – it means that Jolie is now going through the menopause. She wrote: “Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I’ll not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It’s nothing to be feared.” Angelina, who now wears a small patch that administers oestrogen to help her maintain a hormonal balance, warned readers that her choice is not for everybody and that “the most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.”
The Unbroken director wrote: “I feel deeply for women for whom this moment comes very early in life, before they have had their children. Their situation is far harder than mine. There are options for women to remove their fallopian tubes but keep their ovaries, and so retain the ability to bear children and not go into menopause. I hope they can be aware of that.”
Too Many Nannies
Angelina, whose mum was only 49 when she died of ovarian cancer, has kept a low profile of late, but insists her decision to have surgery is so that she can continue to be a good mother to her brood. But an art teacher who worked within the Jolie-Pitt household claims Brangelina are far from hands-on with their kids and even employed six full-time nannies when they temporarily lived in Australia. Indigenous Australian artist Bibi Barba exposed the Hollywood stars’ parenting techniques in an interview with Woman’s Day, in which she described how pampered Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne really are. Bibi, who was giving the kids a lesson in Aboriginal art, said that the minders watched the kids from less than a metre away and would repeatedly ask: “Are you OK, do you need something?” This isn’t the first time that Brangelina have been accused of taking a step back from parenting. The New York Post reported that they took no fewer than 12 nannies on holiday with them when they flew to the Caribbean in December 2012.