Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Survivors and Ink

Another Boobie Wednesday approaches. It's a sunny day outside, the ground is sprinkled with white, and my brain doesn't seem to want to do anything but stare out the window...

Lets have a moment shall we...

Ok, no, this is not the view outside my window, but it is pretty right? :)..... And back to what we're supposed to be doing!

So today after many requests we're doing something in the vein of a survivor wall. There are so many women (and men) out there who deserve to be recognized for their courageous battle that there are simply too many to name, so I'm going to name the ones we all know. Yes, celebrity survivors.

Edie Falco
Sopranos star Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, and secretly battled it.

Melissa Etheridge
Diagnosed in 2004 with breast cancer, Etheridge is doing well.

Kate Jackson
2 time survivor Kate Jackson battled cancer in 1987 and in 1989. She is recognized as one of the most famous of the "angels" in "Charlie's Angels".

Olivia Newton John
Famous singer and actress was diagnosed 1992, underwent a mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Richard Roundtree
Shaft star is proof that breast cancer affects men, too. Roundtree was diagnosed in 1993, had a radical mastectomy and rounds of chemotherapy.

Jaclyn Smith
Charlie's Angels star, Smith discovered a lump in 2002. Treatment included a lumpectomy and radiation.

Suzanne Sommers
Actress and author Suzanne Somers was the source of much controversy when she decided to forgo standard treatment and opted alternative therapy and holistic medicine instead.

Shirley Temple Black
Child actress, Shirley Temple found a lump in 1972, and had a mastectomy.

The singer was diagnosed in 2003 and now raises breast cancer awareness since becoming a survivor.

And possibly the most notable breast cancer survivor (at least in my mind), Christina Applegate.

In April 2008, at the age of 36 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Due to circumstances, Christina chose to have a bilateral mastectomy. I think her story is one of strength and bravery, and if you want to read her interview with Oprah, you can do so here. I recommend it.

Many people, like Christina Applegate, choose to have breast reconstruction surgery, but others choose a different approach. Some women choose ink.

Meet Pat Fish, an amazing tattoo artist who does breast cancer related tattoo's.
"It is an unfortunate fact that breast cancer touches all our lives. In the past several years I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some outstanding people whose lives have been forever shaped by their encounters with the disease, and this page is a record of some of the work that resulted."
Pat has done some beautiful mastectomy artwork. I particularly like Beth's art.

"When we started... she just wanted two pink primroses to replace the nipples. She'd had enough of surgeries, and didn't want reconstruction, just a bit of art to help with the visual affect. I talked her into a blue monarch butterfly and we had a discussion about how covering the entire area with flowers would camouflage all the surgical scars... She has given me permission to post these photos here because she wants to help other women realize that there are options other than just living with the scars."

I think this is just gorgeous. There is more of Pats work on the page, so make sure you check it out :).

And here's some more beautiful mastectomy tattoos.

Lets give a round of applause for these strong, brave and proud women.


toywithme said...

Wow! The artwork is amazing! I had no idea that this was done. My mother-in-law is going through chemo for stage 3 breast cancer. I am hoping to put her on my own survivor list. Keep up the awesome job girls! Wonderful site :)

Soul Train said...

Wonderful, wonderful. Thank you so much.

girlzoo said...

My daughter, Rachel had a shamrock tattooed on her back when she graduated high school. When I was going through radiation, she had a vivid dream about another tattoo for herself. The dream was so real that she had to get up to look in the mirror in the morning to make sure she hadn't actually done it.

Now surround her shamrock is the pink breast cancer ribbon. Around the outside of the ribbon is my birth date. She usually thinks most of my alternative spiritual thinking is weird. However, she felt as if the dream was a sign that I was to be healed. I am still alive 4 years after her tattoo.

We now both know that was a mystical endeavor that allowed healing to take place from that deep well of love. I am so proud of her. As of yet, she still will not allow me to take a photo of it to post. But time will tell. When she does consent, I would like to put it on this Boobiewed Blog.

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LittleAnimation said...

Very moving! I'm so touched by these beautiful tattoos, and their wearers.

Thank-you BoobieWed. You are raising awareness about so much more than breast cancer. You are helping to celebrate people.

critter said...

Suzanne Somers had surgery and radiotherapy for her cancer. She had some herbal crap afterward and credited that with her recovery.

Charlie said...

you're forgetting Kylie and Sheryl Crow on the list of celebs!
I love this blog. My mum passed away 1996 from breast cancer. second time she had it. so courageous. wanting to get a BC related tattoo sometime soon. just need to persuade my dad as he isn't a big fan of them but i'm sure if he knew the reason, he'd be ok :)
Keep up the awesome work xx

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