Angelina Jolie surgeon, Beverly Hills’ Dr. Kristi Funk, recently opened up to a Los Angeles magazine on the beautiful star’s preventative surgery earlier this year, a double mastectomy. Funk said that one lesser known fact that many fans of Jolie may not realize is that the timing of the decision was a major factor in the “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” actress’ life, the Inquisitr reported this Saturday, Aug. 17.
The Angelina Jolie surgeon who worked with Jolie in her double mastectomy surgery listed in a statement that the “calculated moment” and timing factor of the star’s preventative surgery was very personal and almost a necessity, given the odds of her possibly having breast cancer due to a faulty gene.
Said Dr. Funk:
“[Jolie] is intensely private, but she calculated the moment when she would be ready to reveal something so personal.”
The surgeon added that this meant something to Jolie in her very soul, as well.
“She waited to find the perfect timing in her personal and professional life, but I think most importantly in her soul.”
Angelina Jolie made a statement back in March that medical officials had found the faulty gene, a dangerous one known as BRCA1. Although not fully understood, the defect would have given Jolie over an 87% chance of one day potentially getting breast cancer. Jolie wrote:
“My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.”
“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”
Angelina Jolie’s surgeon said that this is especially significant, given Jolie’s celebrity status and well-known standing as a beauty symbol. Added Dr. Funk:
“When someone who is arguably the most beautiful woman in the world removes the part of her body that is symbolic of femininity and sexuality, you have to say, ‘Why would she do that?’”
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