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This Is What Happens When 10 Survivors Meet Up With Talented Tattoo Artists: Healing

Lifelong physical scars often go hand-in-hand with a breast cancer diagnosis, and women deal with this in varying ways. Some women view their scars as a symbol of their courage and perseverance; other survivors refuse to look at themselves in the mirror; and still others try to go about their lives as if the diagnosis never happened. In the past couple decades, more and more woman are finding that tattooing over their scars helps them regain control of their frustrations, and also helps them heal.

Personal Ink (P.ink) is an all-volunteer program that links breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists. Every year on or around October 10th, they host an event called P.ink Day where survivors get their reconstruction tattoos done.

P.ink Day takes place in multiple cities worldwide, and is growing more and more each year. You can sign up to be a part of P.Ink Day, request your city be part of the event, or see if any cities near you are already participating by heading here. They take people on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up soon!

The program’s first P.ink Day was held in 2013, when they matched up ten breast cancer survivors with tattoo artists at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn. For many of the women in the following video, it’s their first time getting a tattoo. Take a look as these inspiring survivors get inked!

(Want to learn more about P.ink and one of its creators? Check out Molly’s journey here!)

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.