Jolie’s mother passed away from breast cancer at the age of 56 and before Angelina’s surgery, she discovered she had an 87 percent chance of developing the disease as well.
In a refreshingly honest op-ed in the New York Times, the Oscar-winning actress revealed that she took the drastic measure for the sake of her six children.
Once news of her surgery went public, celebrities flocked to Twitter to voice their support. Here are just a few of the highlights:
I commend Angelina Jolie for her courage and thoughtfulness in sharing her story today regarding her mastectomy. So brave!—
Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) May 14, 2013