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Women get matching tattoos to mark breast cancer journey

Cathy Wenzel and Sue Vutera are best friends who sport the same exact butterfly tattoo, according to MLive.com. Yes, it's an unlikely choice for a secretary at a Catholic school and a retired middle school teacher, but their skin design signifies a battle they have both fought and won - breast cancer.

"In a way, the butterfly represents new life," Vutera told the news source. "After you've been through (breast cancer), you're life is changed no matter what."

Vutera and her daughter, Amy Campos, got the butterfly images emblazoned on their arms in 2008, after Vutera's first breast cancer diagnosis. When she discovered the disease returned years later, Campos had the word "journey" added to hers.

"It means to me that I was part of her journey and I was an important part of her recovery," Campos told the news source.

Later, Vutera's other daughter, Mallorie Myers, got the same tattoo as well, along with Wenzel, who was also diagnosed with the disease. Today both women are cancer free.

According to the American Cancer Society, there are currently 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
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