• Tattoo

    Asked by LauraJo on Thursday, October 25, 2012


    This is a little left-fieldish,but has anyone here gotten a tattoo after finishing treatment. I would like to get one, but not sure if that's inadvisable. I know I would need to ask my oncologist, but just wondered what the general thought was.

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    • smiles' Avatar

      Got my tatoo 3 weeks after I was done with my treatments. My first tattoo and in means a lot to me. Blue ribbon for colon cancer butterflies for freedom and wolves for strength!

      about 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I have three but these were all prior to chemo. Now that I'm done with chemo, I plan on getting one but I haven't decided on the design yet. It will definitely be related to my cancer.

      about 4 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      I have one pre-diagnosis, if you don't count my radiation marker tats :) I've been thinking about this for a while, and would like to get the word JOY done, on my wrist probably. I actually made bracelets that said JOY, that I have given out to various folks, as a reminder that no matter how much things may suck, there is joy somewhere in the day. That was kinda my mantra during the whole treatment process.

      about 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Yep. Got 2 about a month after chemo finished. I cleared it with my onc first though. Hvae since gotten one more, healing now...so itchy! Hahahaha.

      about 4 years ago
    • LisaLathrop's Avatar

      I am a leukemia survivor (4 years in remission) and still my oncologist says "no." Why? risk of infection basically. But I think she's just being conservative...is a young Mom of 2 small children and not likely (I would speculate) on getting a tatoo herself. These days tattooing is much safer in regards to the risk of infection. On my 5th anniversary (considered cured!) I'll check again...but I'm thinking - I'm going for the Purple Ribbon!

      about 4 years ago
    • Crash's Avatar

      I let my scars speak for me. I've always thought that tattoos are for those who aren't tough enough to have scars. ;-)

      about 4 years ago
    • valpack13's Avatar

      I got a phoenix after I had a my bone marrow transplant. I had to wait a year after treatment before my oncologist gave me the OK to get it. It was also my first tattoo.

      about 4 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Okay... I'm 69 years old and have only seen a few tats that I actually like. However... If you want to get one, the oncologist says go ahead its your body, and after fighting cancer... heck you've earned the right. I like "Smiles" reasoning for her tattoo, of course, I love wolves and (as a child once told me) flutterbys are pretty!!!!

      about 4 years ago

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