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I'm A Phoenix
I was given less than 15% chance of survival. I had both of my breasts removed. I removed my uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. But I am still here, and I adopted a beautiful little boy is who the light of my life. That is why I tattooed a Phoenix on my back, because I came back to life.
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Stage 4 At 23
I was limping on a sprained quadricep for a while, moved to the crutches and then one day at work I fell. I ended up breaking my hip on my other side, later finding out the "strained quadricep" was 3 fractures from a disgusting cancer eating my bones. News to me considering I was only 22...
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On July 11th, I got the call with my husband sitting next to me holding my hand. After being told I had invasive cancer and many precancerous cells, I chose a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction on August 5, 2014. A couple of days later, I was told that I had a lot more cancer than they thought. I had four tumors...
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I have seen some amazing pieces of art through my lifetime. Many have hung in art galleries while others are worn on a daily basis. I have often been in awe of those hanging in the galleries. The amount of time and skill it takes to paint a portrait or landscape shocks me every time. The details that are put into a sculpture could be seen as extremely accurate. Or you have those abstract pieces that take a lot of imagination and creativity. The same could be said for the art that a person wears on their body. It's still art, just a different canvas and medium.
People are expressing their love for art more often. My sister was the first of our family to get a tattoo on a trip to Vegas. It's a gorgeous tattoo and I enjoy looking at is as well. She took all the courage she had to do that in her twenties. I admire her bravery, but I just couldn't bring myself to be willing to do such a drastic thing.
There is a lot of worry for me that go into a tattoo. How painful will it be sticking a needle in your skin for hours on end? What happens if I don't like it or the tattoo artist was not as skilled as I thought they would be? This would be on my body for life. Could I stand to see it on a daily basis? Oh, the worry I put myself through...