My heart is heavy this morning…my thoughts and prayers go out to the passengers on the Germanwing Flight who may have lost their lives in France…it’s so concerning.
And then another news that stuck out for me this morning is the story about Angelina Jolie having preventive surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. She has history of cancer in her family and despite her mastectomy in 2013…the chances of cancer recurring in other parts of her body was present.
It’s not necessary the fact that it’s Angelina Jolie, a famous actress and activist, sharing her experiences about cancer that makes this story powerful, it’s the fact that she is a woman using her voice to share her experiences in order to shed light on this subject, and also to perhaps empower herself and others.
Cancer and the threat of cancer is very real to many of us…and especially when you’ve seen multiple people in your life leave this earth because of it (in Jolie’s case: grandmother, mother and aunt). The fact that she has the courage to talk about it so openly is what makes this powerful.
Too often, as women, we suffer in silence when dealing with issues about our health and wellness. It’s difficult to be vulnerable and perceived as weak, when we are encouraged to be strong and powerful on a daily basis. Sharing an experience about illness and or something life altering (miscarriage, divorce, rape, abuse) can be scary and open the door to scrutiny and judgment. It leaves us feeling naked and afraid. But the power to use our voice and express our feelings and thoughts can be powerful for our growth and development and for others.
Jolie makes us powerful because she uses her voice for the greater good. She did not have to share her experience with cancer but she did and does and this is why she makes us all strong and powerful. Jolie encourages me to share with others about what I am going through so that I do not feel so alone. Her words encourage so that others can know they are not alone in their experience. So that others may be empowered!
As she writes in her article in the New York Times, knowledge is power and when we use our voice to share our experiences, we allow others to seek out knowledge for themselves. She brings awareness to issues that are important to many families across America. And that’s powerful.
She reminds us so beautifully that in moments like these (receiving a phone call with terrible news about a cancer threat), there is “so much clarity. You know what you live for and what matters. It is polarizing, and it is peaceful.”
I salute Angelina Jolie and others that use their voices everyday to empower and encourage others through their experiences. We should all be thankful that we are in the midst of such profound greatness. My gratitude goes out to Angelina Joie to make us feel strong and powerful!
Question of the Day: When do you feel most strong and powerful?