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All over the world, breast cancer is on the rise. In Sierra Leone, breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women. Most women don't seek treatment until the disease has progressed to stage 3 or stage 4. Breast cancer screening is very expensive. In Sierra Leone, there is only one mammography machine...
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Choosing To Fight
My family history of breast cancer was long. I've lost my mother, and several members of my father's family have fought this battle. So, after more than 6 years of mammos, ultrasounds, MRI's, biopsies and lumpectomies, including an MRI the day before my wedding, I decided I'd had enough…
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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...