Mastectomy – a surgery that removes one or both breasts partially or completely – is a literal lifesaver for many who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. But it is also a major surgery that leaves patients scarred in more ways than one.
Recovering from breast cancer and from a mastectomy is no doubt a painful process. This is why some women opt for mastectomy tattoos after they’ve healed, to cover – or highlight – their battlescars with art that is deeply personal.
“There was something for me about having a scar I had chosen,” said Alice May-Purkiss, a breast cancer survivor, in a conversation about mastectomy tattoos with non-profit organization Breast Cancer Now.
As we mark Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, here are just some inspiring mastectomy tattoos, to celebrate the beauty of survival:
(tattoo done by Dorothy Lyczek)
Would you get a tattoo over or beside a scar on your body? – Rappler.com