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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Angelina Jolie gets double mastectomy

Don’t glorify it

Dr Kirsti Funk, far right, walks in front of nurses from the Pink Lotus Breast Center, before making a statement regarding Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy. Jolie underwent the procedure after learning she had a high probability for breast cancer. (Nick Ut / The Associated Press)

Dr Kirsti Funk, far right, walks in front of nurses from the Pink Lotus Breast Center, before making a statement regarding Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy. Jolie underwent the procedure after learning she had a high probability for breast cancer. (Nick Ut / The Associated Press)

I cannot listen to the media anymore talk about Angelina Jolie’s choice for a double mastectomy [“Jolie puts a stark choice in spotlight,” page one, May 15]. I am not unsympathetic to her fear. I know that fear; I have had breast cancer twice.My issue is this: She doesn’t have to argue with doctors or insurance companies. Most insurance companies would say what she did was elective. Average Americans like myself struggle for health care. We struggle after lifetime caps on treatment and cost.

All of us with breast cancer would love to get this done in nine weeks. All of us would love to have beautiful new breasts. But at certain stages of cancer, you do not get that choice. We have to worry about changes in insurance and now having pre-existing conditions. Insurance is not for the poor or middle class.

I cannot blame celebrities for their wealth; that would be silly. I do blame the media for glorifying the choice of a celebrity, while millions of people cannot afford something as simple as insurance for a checkup on a lump they found.

Maria Ewing, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Angelina Jolie, breast cancer, cancer

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