Angelina Jolie is continuing to inspire countless women after revealing she had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer.
One of them being CNN's Early Start host Zoraida Sambolin, who went public with her own breast cancer diagnosis and double mastectomy plans on the national morning show today.
"For a while I have been struggling because I was diagnosed with breast cancer about three weeks ago and I was trying to figure out how do I share this story, how do I tell the viewers that I'm going to be gone for a while, because I have chosen to have a double mastectomy," Sambolin told her cohost John Berman. "Angelina Jolie's story really hit home."
Brad Pitt's other half announced last night in an op-ed piece for the New York Times that she had undergone double mastectomy surgery after learning of her genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer.
Although Samoblin says she does not know if she carries the BRCA1 gene like Jolie, she has chosen to have genetic testing in hopes of inspiring women in her family to take control of their health.
"At the end of the day, I have a lot of girls in my family, and I figure it starts somewhere," she explained.
Sambolin also admits the decision to undergo a double mastectomy is incredibly difficult because, as women, we identify with our breasts, but she says it's "empowering" to take preventative steps towards a healthy future.
"As a woman, your sexuality, your breasts, and how attached you are to that...so it's really difficult to say 'I'm thinking about this, this is something that effects me,'" she explained. "I have two kids that I want to live for and at the end of the day, I'm going to cut off my arms if it means that I am going to live to see them and to see them grow up."
Talk about two brave women who have undoubtedly inspired countless others.