I heard the news last night. To say I was shocked and confused at first is an understatement. I received an E! News email with the words "Angelina Jolie reveals she had a double mastectomy" in the subject line. My heart sank. I thought there must be a mistake and I couldn't load the email fast enough.
There it was, the story, in her own words—of how her own mother had lost her 10-year fight with ovarian cancer at 56 years young, and how Angelina had discovered she carried the breast cancer gene mutation and wanted to take her health into her own hands. In her very public letter to the world, Angelina, one of the most famous yet reserved of Hollywood celebrities, described step-by-step her ordeal: How she underwent a nipple delay procedure in February of this year, to the 8-hour surgery shortly after, complete with drains and tubes coming out of her chest, to the painful process of breast reconstruction.