2:50 pm - 11/06/2012

Sharon Osbourne has double mastectomy

In a deeply emotional interview, Sharon Osbourne exclusively reveals to HELLO! magazine that she has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of contracting breast cancer.

The former X Factor judge – who battled colon cancer ten years ago - recently discovered that she carried a gene that made her predisposed to developing the disease. So, she decided to have both breasts removed.

"As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favour'," Sharon tells HELLO! "I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy."

The matriarch of the Osbourne clan – who recently became a grandmother for the first time after the birth of son Jack's daughter Pearl - underwent a 13-hour operation, but she refuses to feel sorry for herself.

"For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer," she reveals. "I didn't want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl.

I didn't even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time.

"It's not 'pity me', it’s a decision I made that's got rid of this weight that I was carrying around."

And she says the whole experience – including finding out that her breast implants had leaked into her stomach wall, prior to undergoing the mastectomy – had put her off any future plastic surgery.

"Sometimes I'll see a photo and I'll think, 'My face looks plastic'; it can look so unnatural from certain angles," Sharon says. "Now I am definitely, definitely done. You can't buy your youth back, no matter how much money you've got I won't be going under the knife again."

To read more of the interview with Sharon, including how Ozzy reacted to her decision, how the couple celebrated their recent 30th wedding anniversary and the biggest regret of her life, pick up the latest issue of HELLO! magazine.
raised_eyebrows 6th-Nov-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
There are third parties. Vote Green or Libertarian. It's better than just sitting on your ass. Write-in "Eric Cartman" for all I care. Elections aren't just about choosing the President. There are propositions and local issues up for vote that are just as important.
holypotatoes1 6th-Nov-2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
I understand there are other parties and I understand that there are local elections that need to be voted on. But the fact of the matter is that we essentially have a 2 party system. I am fiercely independent. I'm split 50-50 Dem/Rep which makes voting a total pain in the ass because neither side are picking the topics I stand for within their parties to run with. I can choose all of the independent candidates I want for president but it accomplishes nothing other than just saying "I took away a vote that could have gone Rep/Dem." I'm all for voting, and I do think it's important but to say those that didn't vote don't have much of a say is kind of dumb because there are a helluva lot of people that feel none of the candidates will do anything worth while and that the country will just keep going further and further into the rabbits hole. I understand your view point but I can also understand the other side.
raised_eyebrows 6th-Nov-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Well, you're never going to agree with any candidate 100%. There are definitely things Obama has done that I strongly disagree with, but I still voted because it's one of the simplest things I can do that makes a difference.

Yes we have a two party system, but it's better to vote for a third party candidate and register your dissent than whine on FB. Which of those two options would make a greater difference?

And again, if your main concern is that neither of the Presidential candidates speaks to you, you need to take a step back and realize that a proposition that could legalize gay marriage is on the ballot, a proposition that could increase school funding is on the ballot, etc. etc. It almost seems selfish to me to abstain from voting just because you don't like Obama or Romney when your vote could possibly lead to someone being able to marry the person they've been with for 30 years.

So I guess I'll never understand the other side.
holypotatoes1 6th-Nov-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
But that's if those amendments are on the ballot. Amendments don't always make it on the ballot each election season. This season, sure. But when there aren't really other categories that you particularly have any sort of position on one way or the other (ie: judges, school board, senate seats) and then there aren't any presidential candidates you're for, it can seem rather fruitless. Again, I'm not saying I agree. But I can understand the position. I don't know what this person was saying on FB or why he doesn't feel the need to vote, but if they are the reasons I've been getting at I can understand that more than just being lazy and not wanting to go.
bent_ley 7th-Nov-2012 01:27 am (UTC)
not all states have propositions and many people arent informed about local politics so they dont want to vote for that
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