An Observation

The juxtaposition of the first two stories today—Angelina Jolie disclosing her own healthcare choice; Jimmy Connors disclosing his former partner Chris Evert's healthcare choice without her consent—underlines why it's crucial that women be allowed to tell our own stories.

Imagine the difference if Jolie had not reported on her own healthcare decision, but instead had been publicly betrayed by her partner. Instead, Jolie wrote:
I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has.
Part of supporting her was letting her tell her own story, about the decisions she made about her own body.

There is immense power just in the fact that Jolie was allowed to give voice to her own healthcare choice, on her own terms.

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