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Angelina Jolie Pens Touching Essay To Her Daughters After Months Of Hospital Visits

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By Chris Barilla

Even though she has enjoyed an illustrious acting career ever since making her debut, Angelina Jolie is known worldwide first and foremost for her role as a mother. Her and ex-husband Brad Pitt share six children together through both birth and adoption, and their family has been a central focus of media attention towards them for some years now. Within recent months, two of Jolie's three daughters have been in the hospital for surgery, and the actress, drawing inspiration from their strength, has penned them an essay shared through Time Magazine.

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Throughout her touching statement, Jolie maintains that her daughters were completely on-board with her sharing some private details of their lives and struggles in her writing. The actress stated that her eldest daughter had been in and out of the hospital for some time, and seemed to hint at something serious that she was fighting against. Her younger daughter was admitted to the hospital for hip surgery. Although she didn't address either by name, context clues point to the essay referring to her eldest daughter, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt as well as youngest daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt.

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"I have watched my daughters care for one another. My youngest daughter studied the nurses with her sister, and then assisted the next time. I saw how all my girls so easily stopped everything and put each other first, and felt the joy of being of service to those they love," Jolie stated in the touching essay.

"I also watched them their face fears with a resolute bravery. We all know that moment when no one else can help us, and all we can do is close our eyes and breathe. When only we can take the next step or breath through the pain, so we steady ourselves and do it," she continued.

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Jolie then addressed the cultural predisposition for women to be selfless to others, "Someone said to me, when they saw my daughters caring for each other, that 'it comes naturally to girls.' I smiled, but then I thought of how often that notion is abused. The little girl is expected to take care of others. The woman she grows up to be will be expected to give, and care for, and sacrifice. Girls are often conditioned to think that they are good only when they serve others, and selfish or wrong if ever they focus on their own needs and desires."

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Jolie's words should come as no surprise, given the actress is an outspoken supporter of many different charitable groups that support children, such as the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and the organization SOS Children's Villages, which provides relief to children without parents.

"And my message to girls is, fight on, little ladies. Your care for each other will be a large part of your way forward. Hold your nerve. Know your rights. And never let anyone tell you that you are not precious and special and, above all, equal," Jolie concluded the touching essay.

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