NJ mom who had same surgeries as Jolie reflects on the decision

Posted at 10:59 PM, May 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-15 22:59:43-04

9-year-old Grace is old enough to know her mother had preventative surgery. She doesn’t say the word ovaries, but she knows her mother gave something up and went through a lot.

Victoria Flynn’s mother died at age 39 of breast cancer. One year younger than Victoria is today.

Flynn had her breasts and her ovaries removed in her late 30’s. She found out in her 20’s she carried the same gene as Angelina Jolie has gone public with,  the defective Brca 1 gene that increases the chances of breast and ovarian cancer.

After her surgeries,  Flynn went through pain and early menopause.

Some say a preventative mastectomy may seem barbaric, but Flynn says she wants to do all she can to be there for her daughters weddings.  Her mother wasn’t there for hers.

Grace supports her mother.