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Sunday, July 17, 2011

This week marks my one year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor and I wanted to do something just for me to mark the event. I decided to get a tattoo that goes over and incorporates the scars from surgery and radiation (internal brachy). I opted for a stylized pink ribbon curving around the right breast with a little heart icon in the ribbon to mark all the love and support that's helped me get through this year. There's plenty of room for me to add one additional icon each year on the ribbon to mark my progress and track the kind of year it's been (planning on at least 30). One of these years when I eventually die (NOT from cancer), I've already made arrangements to donate my body to UA med school for use as a cadaver. I've spent most of my adult life as a teacher, and this will be the last opportunity I'll have to help teach anyone anything. For the past 10 years, they've been on the cutting edge in cancer research and several of my friends are currently getting added time through participation in clinical trials being conducted there. When they've learned all I can help teach, the University will creamate the remains and return them to my daughter. I hope the tattoo will help tell my story - letting my med student know what the scars were from and how long I kept it in remission. We don't just need a cure, we need to eradicate this disease!
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  • STRINGI719
    I just saw your comment on the Adidas giveaway blog that you are doing the Komen 3-Day. Congrats! You will LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I did it in 2010 with my best friend from high school, who will be a 3 year survivor in November. She was diagnosed at age 33 and had a double mastectomy. I think you are awesome and an inspiration! I was born and raised in Phoenix and taught there for 12 years before we moved out here to Deming NM the end of 2009. You guys have had some record heat this summer! Good luck with the rest of your training and your walk, and keep cool!
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    2384 days ago
    Good for you!! I really like the idea of leaving a message even after your gone. Your passion for teaching comes through loud and clear. Congratulations on your first of many years of survival.
    2435 days ago
    Congratulations on your one year anniversary. Your tat will be a reminder of the courage and strength that are within you.

    2438 days ago
    wow, you're amazing! one year down and many more to go on your journey. i know you can keep on adding to your ribbon, you're a survivor after all!
    2439 days ago
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