05/14/2013 AT 11:15 AM ET
05/14/2013 AT 7:30 PM ET
For proof that Angelina Jolie’s revelation about her double mastectomy is already giving other women strength, look no further than CNN’s Zoraida Sambolin.
The morning-news anchor on Tuesday revealed her own struggle with breast cancer, and her plans for a double mastectomy later this month, after seeing Jolie’s brave piece in The New York Times.
“This inspired me to talk,” Sambolin, 47, told PEOPLE shortly after making her revelation on the air during CNN’s coverage of Jolie’s announcement. “When we went into the story, it felt right to share it.”