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21 February 2016 @ 09:00 am
7 Years Later & Tattoo!

Wow. It has been 7 years since my mastectomy; it is amazing to me just how quickly time passes.

First of all, I feel great.  Life has really gone back to normal for me. It's hard to believe after living from Doctors appointment to Doctors appointment for so long.

Now when someone asks 'How are you?' or 'What's new?' my foobs are not the first thing that crosses my mind - in fact they are not even thought of at all.

I have remained involved in the BRCA Community over the past few years, thanks to the Training and Support of Willow ; I now facilitate a Peer Support Group in my area. I've learned how important it is to set boundaries I was almost burned out by trying to be everything to everyone at our group. I've learned to let these women support each other; it's a powerful thing.

I have mentioned in the passed that I would consider having an art tattoo vs getting nipple tattoos done.  That what I have done.

The desire to do this has been there from the beginning however I was hesitant because I did not have an artist or exact image in mind.  I had an idea of what I wanted tattooed but had no idea how to have it come together.  That's when I saw the piece that Karen Malkin Lazarovitz had done.  There was a BuzzFeed Video made of her story and tattoo : Why I Removed My Healthy Breasts and Ovaries I fell in love with her tattoo! It was so soft and beautiful, the colours were exactly what I was looking for. I knew instinctively I could trust the artist to do something beautiful for me. I found the tattoo artist Meaghan Goeb worked at a shop about an hour and a half from my city. I made contact with her immediately and that's when we started discussing my tattoo.  She was wonderful to work with and we messaged back and forth different designs and ideas.

Session ONE was December 10, 2015.  After 5 hours, this is what we have.  I love it!

I meet with her again for Session TWO, March 10, 2016; we will be touching up the current tattoo and working on the other side.  I will post again once that is done.