Thursday, May 30th, 2013
This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
Mother-of-six Angelina Jolie shocked fans with the news of her recent preventative double mastectomy. After testing positive for a faulty BRCA1 gene, the Academy Award-winning actress put the spotlight on the sensitive procedure that many other women have elected to have.
Angelina is not the first famous woman to open up about this surgery. Let’s take a look at five celebrity moms who have undergone the procedure.
After losing her mom to ovarian cancer and then learning that she has the BRCA1 gene mutation, Angelina Jolie, 37, opted to have a preventive double mastectomy. She also plans to have her ovaries removed.
In May 2013, the Salt star went public about the procedure in an op-ed piece, writing that she felt “empowered” by her decision. “Life comes with many challenges,” she wrote. “The ones that should not scare us are the ones we can take on and take control of.”
At age 36, Christina Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2008. At first, she opted to have a lumpectomy. But after learning she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene mutation, she chose to have both breasts removed in a bilateral mastectomy, followed by reconstructive surgery a few months later.
“It came on really fast. It was one of those things that I woke up and it felt so right,” she told Oprah Winfrey. “It just seemed like, ‘I don’t want to have to deal with this again. I don’t want to keep putting that stuff in my body. I just want to be done with this.’ And I was just going to let them go.”
She added: “It can be very painful. It’s also a part of you that’s gone, so you go through a grieving process.”
At age 37, Giuliana Rancic was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. The E! News personality has spoken openly about her decision to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction.
“At the end, to be honest, all it came down to was just choosing to live, and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life,” Giuliana told TODAY.
“In helping other women, you end up helping yourself,” she said. “You end up being able to validate one of the most painful times in your life by realizing that maybe all the pain and the fear and the tears were worth it.”
The decision to undergo a bilateral mastectomy was an easy one for Wanda Sykes. After being diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), the comedienne wanted to give herself “the best odds” of beating the noninvasive breast cancer and sticking around for her partner Alex, and their 2-year-old twins Olivia and Lucas for many years to come.
“I made my decision because I love life,” Wanda, 47, said of her double mastectomy.
“My first thought was, ‘Really? Me, breast cancer?’” Wanda recalls of the day doctors discovered the cancer after her breast reduction surgery. “I just couldn’t believe it. But I knew this was doable.”
In November 2012, The Talk host Sharon Osbourne revealed she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery at age 60 after learning she was at increased risk for breast cancer.
“As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, ‘The odds are not in my favor,’” Sharon told Hello! “I’ve had cancer before, and I didn’t want to live under that cloud. I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy.”
She added: “For me, it wasn’t a big decision, it was a no-brainer. I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother.”
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Monday, March 5th, 2012
It’s official: I’m now in the subculture of parents who suck out the stuff that’s clogging up their kids’ nose.
You may already be aware of a product called NoseFrida–aka The Snotsucker. We’ve written about it in Parents before (most recently in our March issue, because Christina Applegate was raving about it), but I had never tried it myself until last week. I’m a convert.
I have two daughters, ages 6 and 3. I thought I’d use NoseFrida on my 3-year-old, Lila, who has a cold at the moment. She’s also pretty fearless, so I figured she’d have no problem with me putting a small plastic tube in her nostril while I extracted its contents by sucking on a smaller plastic mouthpiece. (Don’t worry! There’s a foam filter that prevents anything from actually getting into your mouth.)
But Lila wanted nothing to do with it. So I asked my intrigued 6-year-old, Julia, to let me demonstrate on her. I thought she would flatly refuse; she’d swatted away that (useless) blue rubber suction bulb ever since she was a newborn. But Julia jumped right on board and we put on quite a show. (I’ll spare you the details.) And this is when I realized that the NoseFrida isn’t just for congested children. You see, Julia is bizarrely unskilled in blowing her nose. I’ve tried for years to teach her, but she can’t seem to pull it off without extreme concentration. Faced with a tissue, her natural instincts seem to be to either inhale through her nostrils, or blow out of her mouth. (Or cry.) It’s been frustrating for both of us, but NoseFrida has changed all that. Clearing out her nose is now a source of amusement. Victory is ours!
Check out NoseFrida in action here. And you can purchase it here. Are you already a snotsucker? Let me know how it works for you!
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Actress Christina Applegate and fiance Martyn LeNoble are the proud new parents of daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble. Christina gave birth to the 7lb 8 oz. baby girl last Thursday, January 27, 2011 in Los Angeles. A source close to the new parents told People, “She’s a beautiful little girl, and they are so happy in love with her.”
While pregnant, the former Married with Children actress, 39, told People that she expects her mothering style to “be a little bit hippie and a little bit Type A. I’ll take from what my mother did, which was way hippie and like ‘Do what you wanna do,’ and bring some things that I know from watching my friends raise their kids. An amalgamation of sorts.”
See what other celebrites have given birth or are expecting this year in our 2011 Celebrity Bumpwatch.
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Monday, October 11th, 2010
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, or if you’re close to anyone who has been, do yourself a favor and check out the new DVD Breast Cancer: A Path of Wellness and Healing. It’s unbelievably comprehensive. I’d say something like, “covering everything from X to X” but truly, it encompasses every possible aspect of the disease and its treatment. It even takes you behind the scenes to actual radiation and chemotherapy sessions. The information is shared in straightforward, no-bull language by front-line researchers including renowned breast surgeon Susan Love, M.D., and survivors such as Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Etheridge, and plenty of non-celebs, too. It’s roughly five hours long, but of course it’s not meant to be watched in one sitting; the idea is to pick and choose the parts that interest you most at the moment.
I paid special attention to the section from our advisor Harvey Karp, M.D., (the creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block) who shared his best advice on how to talk to your child—no matter his or her age—about your illness. His advice makes perfect sense and should make some very difficult conversations a little bit easier.
When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1999—I’m grateful to say she’s an 11-year survivor—we armed ourselves with the most well-regarded books. But it was hard to read them. In some cases, there was more information than we were ready for, and in others, they raised more questions than they answered. I know my family would have preferred to watch a DVD like this, where the information is broken down into very specific categories and you choose to watch only what you’re prepared for. And there’s something about hearing the experiences of real people, whether they’re patients, survivors, or experts, that makes it somehow easier to comprehend.
Another very appealing feature of this DVD: 100% of the profits from the $34.99 price tag goes to fund breast cancer research.
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