Ok. I’ve loved, admired, and been a fan of this woman for years. Any of my friends can attest to that. I’m *quite frankly* fed up with people and the media critiquing her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. I applaud her, and my respect for her has grown that much more when I thought it couldn’t. Her op-ed wasn’t written to tell women that it is the right thing to do if they carry the BRCA1 gene, or any other gene that would predispose them to a serious disease/illness. What she has done is made public the decision that she felt was right for her personal well-being, and subsequently, that of her family. She is saying that it is ok, especially as a woman, when “the powers that be” fight tirelessly to limit our ability to control our own bodies and our health, to stand up and be proactive. She is saying that it is ok to be knowledgeable, to be informed, to be aware of what choices are out there for you to choose from. She is saying that it our physical bodies are not to be sexualized to the point where we feel a loss of femininity if we were to alter them. She is saying that it is ok to put your family first. Angelina, I applaud you, and I thank you.