Angelina Jolie has seemed fragile to me for years–a captive bird in the cage of her own celebrity.

So when I read about her decision to get radical surgery to prevent breast cancer I read carefully, aware of what a painful and traumatic decision this must have been.

But… eat something and for your kids’ sake stop smoking. Breasts are nice and all, but a body can’t live long without a strong heart and lungs.

Don’t neglect the ordinary ways to save your own life.