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Sometimes, we forget that celebrities are also just human beings like us; that they feel, hurt, cry and laugh just as deeply as we do.

After having a preventive double mastectomy two years ago to reduce the risk of getting cancer, Angelina Jolie –who has lost her mother, an aunt and her grandmother to the disease-recently made the brave choice to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after her doctor detected early signs of ovarian cancer.

Although other preventive measures exist, she acknowledges that this method of cancer prevention is not for everyone. In a recent revealing article she wrote for the New Yorker, she said, “The most important thing is to learn about the options and choose what is right for you personally.”

The actress went on to say that the surgery was bound to happen at some point in her life, because her doctors had recommended preemptive surgery about a decade before the earliest onset of cancer in her female relatives. “My mother’s ovarian cancer was diagnosed when she was 49. I’m 39,” she writes.

Jolie further writes that having the surgery has not removed all risk: “The fact is I remain prone to cancer.” She writes that she is looking for natural ways to strengthen her immune system.

In spite of it all, she says that “I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family,” she continues. “I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer.’ ”

We wish her a quick recovery.