Jane Pitt and Angelina Jolie
05/14/2013 at 03:00 PM EDT
After she revealed she underwent a preventative double mastectomy
, Angelina Jolie
's family members are voicing their support.
"We're so very proud of Angie, this means so much to our family especially our grandchildren. We love her dearly," Brad Pitt
's mother, Jane Pitt, says in a statement.
Jolie's brother, James Haven, also spoke out about her decision to undergo the procedure.
"My sister like our mother always put her children first," he says in a statement. "I am so grateful to be her brother."
In a New York Times
op-ed piece, Jolie describes her difficult choice to have surgery after genetic tests showed her to have a high risk of developing the disease. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand
, died of ovarian cancer at 56 in 2007
Jolie, 37, also expressed how much she leaned on Pitt, 49, whom she described as "loving and supportive," and there for her "for every minute of the surgeries."
Pitt released a statement
of his own on Tuesday, saying, "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team for their care and focus."