Remember how I asked you all your opinions on the preventative mastectomy Angelina Jolie had, and future removal of her ovaries she plans to have? Well, your comments and emails were awesome, and the discussions continued between Phil and I until he finally emailed Fr. Tad who awesomely responded with a link to an article he had written two years ago. Here's that article.
What do you think now?
I think the point is that someone who finds out they have the "cancer gene", has some family history of cancer, and truly feels this is the best medical path to take is completely within their rights (in the moral sense) to remove those organs that are most likely to be attacked by cancer.
As someone who does not yet know if I have the cancer gene, I don't know for certain what I would do. But, I *think* I would lean towards the preventative mastectomy and try to wait until my childbearing years were over to have my ovaries removed (with frequent screenings up until that point). I would take into account my family history and listen to the medical advice of trusted doctors, discuss with my spouse, pray and get spiritual guidance, and then make my decision.
None of this discussion has anything to do with Angelina Jolie personally, except that her famous name has opened the door for me to even think about the topic. I am sure she is doing exactly what she feels is best for her and her family, and I commend her for doing so publicly and trying to increase awareness. But I'm still Team Jen.
Oh, is that not a thing anymore? We've all moved on? Awkward....