Susan Jocabs shares how Rheumatoid Arthritis changed her life and how she is coping with this.
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Susan: After I had my reconstruction, I still didn’t have nipples. So I’ve got breasts but no nipples and before I had my mastectomy, I had researched, you know, what are people doing? How do they handle this? And one situation is your doctor can reconstruct the nipple, and they take skin, and I don’t know, but somehow they make a nipple, but the down side to that is that it stays hard all the time and that’s not the greatest thing. Especially after you go through all this, you can go braless all the time, and that gets really nice in the 100 degree heat. So, anyway, I didn’t really want to do that and I was just reading again on message boards and websites and just it’s so helpful to hear other women, their perspective in what they’re choosing to do and why, and just to be able to think about how you can make your own decision. And I heard about these tattoos and what they are is they’re like a 3D tattoo and women will have a nipple tattooed onto their breast and it, you know, visually looks like a real nipple, but it’s flat. So you can still go braless or, you know, you just don’t have to worry about that. So that was what I wanted to do. So when the time came, my doctor asked me, you know if I wanted to have the reconstructive nipple surgery, and I said that I wanted to do the tattoo, and he gave me a referral to a woman named Rochelle Hall. And this is kind of funny because a lot of people asked me, a lot of my friends said, oh, my gosh! You’re going to get a tattoo like, where do you go for that? Like the local tattoo parlor? So it was kind of funny because you really, I mean until I did this, you know, I didn’t know, like, who does something like that, and it’s a permanent makeup artist. Rochelle is a permanent makeup artist and that’s who does tattoos for women with mastectomies.