*After having a preventative double mastectomy, Angelina Jolie — who is genetically predisposed to contracting breast and ovarian cancer — will next undergo an operation to remove her ovaries.
People magazine reports that she is planning to have the procedure and “doing well” following her double mastectomy in February and reconstructive surgery last month.
Jolie — whose mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died six years ago at age 56 after a 10-year battle with ovarian cancer — carries the BRCA1 gene mutation. Doctors estimated that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
“Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed earlier this week. “I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.”
Brad Pitt, the father of six children with Jolie, called his fiancee’s actions “absolutely heroic” in an interview with the London Evening Standard. He also spoke with USA Today, saying: “I’m quite emotional about it, of course. She could have stayed absolutely private about it and I don’t think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results. But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it doesn’t have to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing, and something that makes you stronger and us stronger.”
Meng Weixin, 14, awaits a life changing surgery that will give him a chance to walk and finally wear shoes on his feet that have been debilitated by congenital neurofibromatosis.
*The world is full with rare diseases that prevents millions from having a normal life.
Getting up each morning is a battle, but they do it. But just think if you suffered from one of these rare, debilitating diseases and you were extremely poor.
That adds another unbearable level of difficulty because there isn’t any access to resources to help with the illness.
According to a report in the New York Daily News from Britain’s The Sun newspaper, Meng Weixin 14, was born with congenital neurofibromatosis.
It’s a rare disease that caused his feet to grow and grow until they resembled balloons.
He hasn’t been able to wear shoes because of the condition and now he is being given the ultimate gift.
*Doctors have discovered that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is actually suffering from bipolar disorder, reported the Mayo Clinic on Monday.
The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which is defined as periodic episodes of depression and hypomania, a less serious form of mania, says the Huffington Post.
Bipolar II is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and is likely caused “by a complex set of genetic and environmental factors,” the clinic said.
Jackson left office suddenly on June 10. His father, who has been supportive throughout the process, said he’s responding well to the treatment.
Reports, however say that Jackson underwent weight loss surgery in 2004, which in turn affects the way he absorbs foods and medications.
Read/learn more at Huffington Post.
*Little did 22-year-old Justin Street know that he would die after a Newark, New Jersey woman injected his penis with silicone in an attempt to get it enlarged.
The woman, 34-year-old Kasia Rivera, gave Street the injection in May.
According to TheGrio.com, Street died the day after his injection. His death is ruled a homicide following an investigation’s determination that he died of a silicone embolism.
Rivera has been charged with manslaughter.
She has pleaded not guilty but remains in jail on $75,000 bail.
Police are also investigating whether Rivera practiced unauthorized medicine out of her apartment. Authorities are also investigating whether she gave other people similar injections.
*Adele is undergoing surgery on her vocal chords – but it’s not because she has cancer, as some publications have speculated, reports People.
“We would like to reiterate that Adele is to undergo surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal chord,” her rep said in a statement Monday in response to rumors on Twitter that the British singer has throat cancer. “All reports regarding any other condition are 100% false.”
Adele, 23, has subsequently canceled the remainder of her North American tour, in addition to several dates in the U.K.
The Grammy winner, who released her chart-topping sophomore album 21 in February, has previously expressed her disappointment, blogging on Oct. 4, “I’m heartbroken and worried to tell you that yet again I’m experiencing problems with my voice.”
The singer’s surgery is imminent, and doctors have ordered her to rest before performing again, while a statement on her official website says that “a full recovery is expected.”