LOS ANGELES — TWO years ago I wrote about my choice to have a preventive double mastectomy. A simple blood test had revealed that I carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. It gave me an estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. I lost my mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.
I wanted other women at risk to know about the options. I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and fallopian tubes.
I had been planning this for some time. It is a less complex surgery than the mastectomy, but its effects are more severe. It puts a woman into forced menopause. So I was readying myself physically and emotionally, discussing options with doctors, researching alternative medicine, and mapping my hormones for estrogen or progesterone replacement. But I felt I still had months to make the date.
Then two weeks ago I got a call from my doctor with blood-test results. “Your CA-125 is normal,” he said. I breathed a sigh of relief. That test measures the amount of the protein CA-125 in the blood, and is used to monitor ovarian cancer. I have it every year because of my family history.
The fire service and paramedics were called to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Los Angeles mansion on Monday. © Provided by Bang The fire service and paramedics were called to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Los Angeles mansion on Monday.
Fire fighters and paramedics were called to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s home.
The emergency services are reported to have rushed to the couple’s LA mansion on Monday (16.02.15) and were later spotted chatting to a passer-by walking his dog before vacating the residence.
It is not yet known why the firemen and medical team were called to the property and whether Angelina, 39, Brad, 51, and their six children, Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox were at home during the incident.
However, it is likely the couple were in the area at the time after stepping out together at the American Society of Cinematographers 29th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards held at the nearby Hyatt Regency Century Plaza near Beverly Hills on Sunday.
“At 20, we’re all looking for Prince Charming, the big handsome hunk, only we’re generally disappointed because of his instability,” the actress tells France’s Dandy magazine. “At 40, you know what you want: a real man.”
Jolie, 39, found her “real man” in Brad Pitt, 51, and opened up about their family-centric wedding at their French estate.
“It wasn’t a wedding in grand style, but we were all very at ease, very cool,” she tells the mag. “It was absolutely adorable to see how excited [our children] were by the idea, and how much they were all involved.”
“For example, we told Knox and Shiloh they’d carry the rings without specifying they’d have a cushion to carry them,” she continues. “On the day, they arrived with two matched cushions on their own. I imagine they’d seen it in a movie. In short, they were so cute!“
• x001 January 11, 2012 – White House Visit – Washington DC, WA
• x011 April 18, 2012 – Galapagos Islands
• x004 April 20, 2012 – Galapagos Islands
• x019 January 28, 2012 – Cirque du Soleil – Santa Monica, CA
• x001 June 03, 2012 – Visiting 1-200th Soldiers – Luxor, Egypt
• x010 March 03, 2012 – McDonald’s – Los Angeles, CA
• x005 March 23, 2012 – LAX Airport – Los Angeles, CA
Thank you Vaska!
This past August, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married in an intimate ceremony in the south of France, attended by only close family members. The wedding was, by all accounts, a low-key event at the family’s vineyard property Château Miraval that was planned by the couple’s six children. Pax made the cake. Zahara and Vivienne were flower girls. Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers. Maddox and Pax walked Jolie down the aisle. The kids helped write the marital vows. The children’s drawings even adorned Jolie’s Versace wedding gown. And now, in a new interview, Jolie confesses that she had actually married Pitt before the summer wedding.
But they legally had to. “Before the wedding in France with the kids, Brad and I were already married in California,” Jolie tells Italian magazine Io Donna. “As Americans, we couldn’t marry legally in France.”
Jolie insinuates that the couple’s first wedding was just as relaxed as the Château Miraval follow-up. “One day I said to Brad, ‘Let’s meet up at 4:30 P.M.?’ I called a justice of the peace and we signed the documents.” So . . . maybe not the most romantic of wedding descriptions.
Previously, Jolie described how she feels following the couple’s wedding (or two). “It does feel different,” Jolie told Vanity Fair in the magazine’s December cover story, of her evolving relationship with Brad Pitt. “It feels nice to be husband and wife.” She also divulged some details about the vows their children wrote for them. “They did not expect us never to fight, but they made us promise to always say, ‘Sorry,’ if we do. So they said, ‘Do you?,’ and we said, ‘We do!’?”