'Angelina effect' welcomed as calls to breast cancer helpline triple

Jun 20, 2013 Full story: The Otago Daily Times 9

The number of women ringing the breast cancer helpline tripled following Angelina Jolie's decision to undergo a double mastectomy.

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Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#1 Jun 21, 2013
I wonder how many people with BRCA genes will end up being saved byt Jolie's brave decision to go public with what she did? I have reconsidered. The surgery was logical, not brave. But going public -- THAT was brave. She has not always had good feedback from the media.

I'm sure someone has told Jolie of this statistic. How ironic that she has traveled the world to help others in dire economic straits, and now she's helping people right here in her own country.

To me tha wipes out all the strange things in her past. What counts is who you are, not how you got there.

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#2 Jun 25, 2013
I agree, going public was a Very brave thing to do. I admire her for it too.

for some, talking about ur problems helps, for others - just listening to others, helps...

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#3 Jun 26, 2013
PFfff wrote:
I agree, going public was a Very brave thing to do. I admire her for it too.
for some, talking about ur problems helps, for others - just listening to others, helps...
So I guess we could say, communication helps.

When you talk things out with another person, sometimes you see options you wouldn't have seen before.

I just think her story is so graphic. She had her surgery started right before her aunt died of the diease. Her mother previously died of the disease. If I were her, I would have done the same thing.

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#4 Jun 27, 2013
Gail Perry wrote:
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So I guess we could say, communication helps.
When you talk things out with another person, sometimes you see options you wouldn't have seen before.
I just think her story is so graphic. She had her surgery started right before her aunt died of the diease. Her mother previously died of the disease. If I were her, I would have done the same thing.
yeah I think whatever works for u, as an individual, is the way to go, whether its talking or just listening to others.

and I agree, I too think she did the right thing.- I know a woman who was faced with this herself, but thankfully she didn't have the gene in her, unfortunately her sister did and just recently passed away.
im sure for some its not an easy decision, but i think its wonderful that they now have this knowledge available for women...

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#5 Jun 27, 2013
PFfff wrote:
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yeah I think whatever works for u, as an individual, is the way to go, whether its talking or just listening to others.
and I agree, I too think she did the right thing.- I know a woman who was faced with this herself, but thankfully she didn't have the gene in her, unfortunately her sister did and just recently passed away.
im sure for some its not an easy decision, but i think its wonderful that they now have this knowledge available for women...
The thing is, I think I was *lucky* to have breast cancer. Breasts don't keep you alive. I could have had pancreatic cancer, or lung cancer, which until recently had few effective treatments, or pancreatic cancer ... there are cancers that affect essential organs and are extremely hard to treat, like some brain cancers.

I can live with one breast quite easily.

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#6 Jun 28, 2013
Gail Perry wrote:
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The thing is, I think I was *lucky* to have breast cancer. Breasts don't keep you alive. I could have had pancreatic cancer, or lung cancer, which until recently had few effective treatments, or pancreatic cancer ... there are cancers that affect essential organs and are extremely hard to treat, like some brain cancers.
I can live with one breast quite easily.
yeah I hear ya.

I admire ur strength too.
I wish u good health and a long Happy life from now on!
:)

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#7 Jun 30, 2013
PFfff wrote:
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yeah I hear ya.
I admire ur strength too.
I wish u good health and a long Happy life from now on!
:)
Thank you. I wish for a long life, but know that any day might be my lsat. That was the wake-up call I got from breast cancer. Maybe I'm headed for an unexpected stroke (my doctor doesn't see a big risk) or heart attack (my doctor doesn't see a big risk). God help me, I could develop Alzheimer's. I could accidentally step in front of a bus.

Any number of things could happen, and that was breast cancer's gift to me -- the awareness of just how much every day counts.

It's not all bad, folks.

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#8 Jul 1, 2013
Gail Perry wrote:
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Thank you. I wish for a long life, but know that any day might be my lsat. That was the wake-up call I got from breast cancer. Maybe I'm headed for an unexpected stroke (my doctor doesn't see a big risk) or heart attack (my doctor doesn't see a big risk). God help me, I could develop Alzheimer's. I could accidentally step in front of a bus.
Any number of things could happen, and that was breast cancer's gift to me -- the awareness of just how much every day counts.
It's not all bad, folks.
agree
makes ya appreciate the good things u have in life and not take things for granted.
so its true, u cant really appreciate the good things until u experience the bad.

but man... what a way to have a wake up call..

Since: Feb 10

Clearwater, FL

#9 Jul 1, 2013
PFfff wrote:
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agree
makes ya appreciate the good things u have in life and not take things for granted.
so its true, u cant really appreciate the good things until u experience the bad.
but man... what a way to have a wake up call..
I guess -- but would a stroke be better? How about bypass surgery, which my late husband had at age 52? What he went through with that wa sa lot tougher than what I went through.

Our bodies are fragile and eventually they will fail us utterly and completely. This probably isn't the worst to happen to us. That's why I call it a wake-up call. Better enjoy today because tomorrow might not even be here -- and probably won't have anything to do with the breast cancer. I probably won't see it coming.

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