What do I have in common with Angelina Jolie? We're both moms. We both discovered through DNA testing that we carry the BRCA1 genetic mutation. We both opted for a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to dramatically reduce our risks. And we have both been criticized for our decisions.
The fact that she made the announcement at all is significant. She could have kept her health issues private, just as she had done for the past several months. If and when the media learned of her surgery, she could have refused to comment.