Breast Cancer-Inspired Tattoos

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  • Women Unite

    Women Unite

    Getting a breast cancer tattoo — whether it’s for you or in honor of someone you love — is a way to show solidarity in the face of this disease. Keep reading to see breast cancer tattoos and the stories behind them. You’ll find inspiration, hope, and the strength that comes from knowing you’re united with so many women you’ll never meet, but who know how you feel and what you’ve gone through.

  • Faith, Hope, and Love

    Faith, Hope, and Love

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer the day before my 24th birthday (no family history). I had a lumpectomy followed by intense chemo and radiation. I just turned 35 a couple of weeks ago. :-) Anyhow these are tattoos that my hubby T.J. and I got a few months into dating.

    — Jewelianne Joy Sawyer-Lindley

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  • Beauty Can Be Therapeutic

    Beauty Can Be Therapeutic

    I got these after my mastectomy. It was very healing and made me feel beautiful. I believe it was therapeutic in some way.

    — Wendy Snow

  • Stronger

    Stronger

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31, on 9/1/2011. Getting my port out on 4/30/2012 signified to me the end of treatment. The cherry blossoms are for my young survivor sisters, the butterfly for me. As much as I hate cancer, it definitely made me stronger.

    — Anonymous

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  • Hope with Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Hope with Metastatic Breast Cancer

    HOPE is essential when you’re struggling with any type of disease. This ribbon represents metastatic breast cancer — green identifies triumph of spring over winter thus symbolizes renewal, hope, and immortality; teal identifies healing and spirituality; pink identifies the origin of the metastasis as breast cancer!

    — Debby Carlson

  • Love and Be Loved

    Love and Be Loved

    Purple ribbon because I'm a survivor of domestic violence, and pink because of breast cancer, forming a heart. Because I'm still here to love and be loved!

    — Anonymous

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  • Milestones

    Milestones

    I am not a pink ribbon kind of girl — I’m actually quite against it. So to commemorate my journey, I got a tattoo of the chemical formula of Herceptin and I have it right under the breast that was affected. I had the tattoo done on the day I passed the three-year mark as that is an important milestone in Her2+ cancers. Here’s a pic.

    — Anonymous

  • Tearing Apart Breast Cancer

    Tearing Apart Breast Cancer

    I wanted to share my survivor tattoo. I am a three-year survivor — so is my mom. This dragon is me tearing apart breast cancer (pink ribbon).

    — Valerie Schwarzwaelder

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  • A Chance to Educate

    A Chance to Educate

    Here's my bracelet tattoo relating to my three incidents of breast cancer. I wear multiple bangles/bracelets on my left arm and wanted one relating to breast cancer. I wanted it to be subtle but pretty and visible so it's on my right wrist. Looking at me you can't tell I have metastatic breast cancer. People think it's pretty and ask me about it. It gives me the opportunity to educate someone about metastatic breast cancer.

    — Shelly

  • A Survivor

    A Survivor

    I was inspired during my cancer journey to commemorate it with a tattoo. My faith in Jesus gave me peace and joy despite the roller coaster ride that lasted over a year through nine surgeries, radiation, and chemo. I never wanted to forget the hope that I had during my cancer trial, so I decided to get a tattoo on my wrist to remind me that in any circumstance, the Lord is working for the good, even in the circumstance of cancer. It's been just over three years since my diagnosis and now I am NED, but several times I have encountered trials of other sorts whether it be finances, job, or parenting. Each time I start to fret, I look down at my wrist to remind myself of Romans 8:28, that God is working for the good, even in this trial.
    My name is Kristin Hampsten. I'm 38 years old, the mother of two small boys, married, and a full-time engineer. I'm a breast cancer survivor.

    — Kristin

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  • Dear Grandmas

    Dear Grandmas

    I got this tattoo in honor of both of my grandmothers. One lost her battle with breast cancer on January 10, 2013. The other is still fighting it.

    I was motivated to get this tattoo because I wanted to show respect for my grandmother who passed away and support for my grandmother who’s still hanging on.

    — Bri Marchbanks

  • Inspiration Amidst the Struggle

    Inspiration Amidst the Struggle

    When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, my world was turned upside down. My tattoo is a constant reminder of her struggle and the inspiration she gives me. As a 20-year-old, this experience gives me more appreciation for and a new outlook on life.

    — Shantelle Martin

  • My Mother the Warrior

    My Mother the Warrior

    My mom had stage 4 breast cancer in 2003 when I was 13 years old and had to have her right breast removed. The doctor also removed some lymph nodes to check them. Thank God he did, because every one that he took out was cancerous. She had to undergo the strongest chemo treatments for a year.

    Ten years before my mom got breast cancer, she had stage 3 ovarian cancer. This year, we were scared she was going to get another kind of cancer, because it seems like she gets it every 10 years. But she's clear of any. I got this tattoo in honor of my strong mother fighting breast cancer and winning the battle.

    — Kelli

  • Supermom

    Supermom

    This is my niece’s tattoo, my sister Sonya's daughter. Both of her daughters got the same tattoo, which they designed themselves, in honor of their mom's breast cancer survival. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38. She is now seven years cancer-free! They believe there is no one stronger than their Mom.

    — Dana Baker

  • A Reminder of Perseverance

    A Reminder of Perseverance

    I didn't think I would make it at times, but I did. I got this tattoo in March of 2013, on the one year anniversary of my diagnosis date.

    — Marcy

  • Keep Fighting and Believing

    Keep Fighting and Believing

    I’m 17 years old and my aunt, who is my best friend, has stage 4 breast cancer. My mom has skin cancer. That’s why I got the pink and black ribbons. I’ve been supporting my aunt and mom since day one and got this tattoo for them.

    All cancer patients need to keep fighting and keep believing!

    — Nicole

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