Tattoos for women who underwent mastectomies
Aug 9, 2011
Brenda Whitefield is a breast cancer survivor, which in part is due to her mastectomy. The surgery left her without breasts, and the feeling of hatred because of it. But that was before she entered a tattoo parlor, according to the Seattle Times.
Whitefield got a beautiful tattoo full of flowers that curl and twist around her chest, hiding her scars and marks that were left from her surgery, and she couldn't be happier, according to the news provider.
This also hits close to home for the tattoo artist, Roni Falgout, who lost her aunt to the disease and her mother is a survivor, the media outlet reports.
"The first thing [Whitefield] said was, 'I'm not a tattoo person.' She said they were tacky," Falgout told the news source with a laugh. "I understood where she was coming from. She was telling me she couldn't believe she was here."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a mastectomy is recommended to women who are at a very high risk of getting breast cancer along with frequent clinical breast cancer screenings and genetic testing. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women.