Many of you by now have heard about Angelina Jolie's choice to have a double mastectomy. This is such a personal decision that I dare not comment on anything other than her ability to go through whatever it took to come to her decision. I'm sure it took a lot.
One thing I do know that it took, as she noted in her New York times Op Ed, is the support of her partner.
Not many, if any, commentators focused on the couples part of her story. But consider the discussions they had, the times they held each other and cried, what they laughed about, and what kind of future they are imagining (because even with this surgery, it's not over).
"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive. So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition. Brad was at the Pink Lotus Breast Center, where I was treated, for every minute of the surgeries. We managed to find moments to laugh together. We knew this was the right thing to do for our family and that it would bring us closer. And it has."