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!