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Angelina Jolie inspires Zoraida Sambolin to discuss double mastectomy

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Zoraida Sambolin
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Zoraida Sambolin, co-anchor of CNN’s Early Start, told viewers that she has breast cancer and credited Angelina Jolie’s public revelation about her health concerns with inspiring her to share her own difficult decision to undergo a double mastectomy.

Sambolin was diagnosed five weeks ago and had been struggling with how to break the news to her co-workers and television audience when Jolie published her story in the New York Times. “Angelina empowered me to share my story,” Sambolin wrote on CNN.com. “I identified with some of the issues she candidly discussed, such as her children, her sexuality and her femininity.”

Sambolin, who has two children, will undergo her double mastectomy later this month.

Watch her discuss the difficult issues involved below:

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