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Angelina Jolie is one resilient mom.
The actress, 37, has experienced no complications since undergoing a double mastectomy in February and reconstructive surgery in April. "She is doing well," a source tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.
But her medical odyssey is not done. The mother of six is also planning to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries. Because of her "faulty" BRCA1 gene, she still faces a high risk of developing ovarian cancer, which her doctors estimate at 50 percent. Some doctors recommend patients undergo the surgery by age 40 or when a woman is done having children, though it may trigger early menopause.
For now, though, the actress and her fiancé, Brad Pitt, have been focused on maintaining a sense of routine for their kids – keeping up family traditions such as a Valentine's Day gift exchange and an Easter egg hunt while Jolie was undergoing treatment.
In the weeks surrounding the surgeries, "life was normal" for the children, says a source, and they didn't notice anything amiss.
Adds a family insider: "Her kids always come first to her."
Actress Angelina Jolie revealed in a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday that she quietly underwent a preventive double mastectomy after discovering she carried the BRCA1 gene mutation, which sharply increases a woman's risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
"My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5%," Jolie writes. "I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer."
She says she feels "empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."
Jolie salutes her partner, Brad Pitt, who she says was with her during her surgeries at the Pink Lotus Breast Center.
"I am fortunate to have a partner, Brad Pitt, who is so loving and supportive," Jolie writes. "So to anyone who has a wife or girlfriend going through this, know that you are a very important part of the transition."
Jolie says she decided to share the story of her surgeries in the hopes that it will benefit other women at risk. She encourages women to be proactive about their health if they have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, while acknowledging the cost of gene testing in the U.S. remains an obstacle for many.
"I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer," Jolie writes.
Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died at age 56 after a nearly decade-long battle with ovarian cancer.
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