Dear Gossips,

Angelina Jolie.

She put it in her own words in the New York Times. If you’ve not yet read the piece, click here. This is the part that resonated most with me:

“Regardless of the hormone replacements I’m taking, I am now in menopause. I will not be able to have any more children, and I expect some physical changes. But I feel at ease with whatever will come, not because I am strong but because this is a part of life. It is nothing to be feared.”

Jolie’s focus in sharing her story was to encourage others to ask questions, to learn more, to examine the options, to be proactive about our health. And also to not let a body part define who you are or qualify your femininity. She’s one of the most beautiful women in the world and yet, somehow, this is so relatable. Then again, nothing is more relatable than cancer. We all know someone. Or we are that someone. So when she writes about her PET/CT scan? Too many of us understand exactly what that means. What it means when the scan “lights up”. And if it does “light up”, the next step is a stem cell transplant. At 39 you keep going, at 65 you keep going.

So Angelina Jolie keeps going. I love her for this. How can you not love her for this?

Yours in gossip,