“Angelina is more beautiful than ever. Her candor about choosing to have her breasts removed is inspiring”
I sobbed with joy when I read about Angelina Jolie‘s decision to get a preventive double mastectomy. I made the same difficult choice five years ago at age 38, having survived one battle with breast cancer and never wanting to face another. It was frightening, yet at the same time I felt empowered by my decision. Today I live a healthy, happy and cancer-free life. I thank Angelina for bringing her powerful voice to an issue often burdened by fear and shame.
Bravo to Angelina Jolie for making a brave decision to have a double mastectomy. She is truly a strong and vibrant lady. For fiancé Brad Pitt to support and love her is what made this story even better. It’s very rare to find true love, and I believe those two can conquer anything.
HEROES AMONG US
I salute retired Air Force Capt. Earl Morse and businessman Jeff Miller for making it possible for WWII vets to visit their well-deserved memorial in Washington, D.C. My uncle Buzz, who is U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Sgt. Anthony John Kanclier, is one of these recipients. He’s one of 16 veterans in the Honor Flight of Oregon who will be visiting our nation’s capital in June. His bag is already packed and it’s all he talks about. Thanks, Earl and Jeff, for your passion and dedication in paying tribute to our WWII vets.
When Prince Harry made a visit to Colorado Springs, on May 11 for the Warrior Games, where more than 200 wounded servicemen and women from the U.S. and Britain participated in friendly sporting competitions, I felt very proud of the royal. I applaud him for bringing joy to these veterans. By the smiles on their faces, it’s clear that his visit made them happy. Keep up the great work, Harry. You’re a great role model.
Thank you so much for interviewing Star Trek into Darkness foe Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s my favorite actor and he makes me swoon! His performance on the BBC’s Sherlock is mesmerizing, and I watch the show constantly on my DVR. After reading his sweet and charming answers, I love him even more. Please continue to write more stories on this talented thespian. He’s Hollywood’s next big breakout star.
In our May 27 story on the Cleveland kidnapping case, a photo caption date for Amanda Berry should have read 1996. Also, in our Scoop story on Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles, we incorrectly stated that her 5-month-old son Magnus Hamilton inherited his dad Justin Miller’s blue eyes. In fact, the baby’s eye color was passed down from his grandfather. We regret the errors.
UPDATE | CAT CRUSADER
Ten years ago People featured Santa Monica-based wildlife vet Dr. Jennifer Conrad for her crusade to ban what many consider the inhumane practice of declawing cats. Since our profile, eight California cities—including Los Angeles and San Francisco—have outlawed the procedure. Her cause will be seen on the big screen later this year when Warner Brothers releases The Paw Project, a documentary chronicling her campaign. “It was hard,” says Conrad, 46, who hopes that next year California will become the first state to ban declawing. “I was ostracized by a lot of other veterinarians. But there’s been a definite change in peoples’ attitudes toward this issue. They’re standing up and saying, ‘Enough. It’s time to stop this.’ ”