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on Wednesday, 25 March 2015
The Angelina Jolie effect continued yesterday as the glamorous actress and peace ambassador released news that, in a risk reducing operation last week, she had had her ovaries removed. And in a BRCA1 gene mutation type of way, she and I are now on a par.

Now more than 4 years since I had my pre-emptive double mastectomy and a year less since my oophorectomy, I do finally feel that that part of my life is over. It's just something that happened in the past. Not because it was such a dreadful journey, but simply because that was me then and this is me now.

The whole point about a life journey is that we are constantly moving. A close friend recently lost her father. It was a hideous time and yet now, a few weeks on, she is moving closer towards a happier moment in her life.

Angelina and all those other risk adverse girls are brave but you too would do the same. We take what life throws at us and try to regain any control possible over our destinies. And – when we're not journeying through troubled waters – we slip back into the daily joys, trials and tribulations of 'normal life'.

Unfortunately though Jolie's operation did not remain the first item on today's news agenda. A plane carrying 150 people crashed in the French Alps. Sixteen of the dead include children from a German school exchange trip. And this is the very worst sort of journey imaginable.

Ralph (Lauren) does good

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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
There was a big party last night at Windsor Castle.  A huge gala dinner. I thought it better not to turn up seeing as I hadn’t been invited.  But I was still excited all the same to know it was going on.

You see, American fashion royalty, aka the great Ralph Lauren, descended on our shores to raise money for a cause exceptionally close to my heart, that of chasing a breast cancer cure.  Prince William, as the Royal Marsden Hospital’s president, played host but the event itself was sponsored by Lauren with many a glamorous guest including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Cate Blanchett turning up.

The Marsden, located on Fulham Road, is a specialist cancer treatment hospital but is also renowned for its exceptional care of its patients.  Personally, during my experience as a BRCA1 gene carrier, I have felt exceptionally well cared for on each and every visit to the hospital over the last few years (see blog for the full story of my gene mutation story).

And so I am (excuse the pun) tickled-pink to hear of the enormously generous 'multi-million dollar' donation by the billionaire fashion designer.  This investment will, in 2015, open a new, state-of-the-art breast cancer research facility, run clinical trials and allow the charity to improve its diagnosis and treatment methods.  Quite overwhelmingly wonderful news, I feel.

So last night they partied.  Not Kate and me.  We were in tracksuits babysitting the Smalls but, seeing as it was for such a great cause, I understood my invitation simply got lost in the post and raised my cup of chamomile tea to the boy from the Bronx.


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