I’m thrilled to announce I’m headed to San Diego! From March 12th – 14th I’ll be in sunny SoCal to shoot two tattooed mastectomy survivors in collaboration with Shane Wallin, founder of Mastectomy Tattoo! Shane leads a tattoo studio built for breast cancer survivors to reclaim what cancer has taken from them. He does an amazing job and I am so excited to work with him and two of his tattoo recipients.
The first mastectomy tattoo survivor is Juanita, a San Diego native. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 in 1987 when she discovered a lump on her left breast while pregnant with her third child. In 2010, Stage 2 breast cancer struck again, this time on her right breast. She first saw mastectomy tattoos on Pink Ink Fund. She was so happy to see pictures of tattoos covering the scars of surgery she cried. She was joyful to know there is beauty after breast cancer.
Juanita wants to participate in an underwater portrait shoot to help her mentally and physically cleanse her soul. She now knows there is beauty after breast cancer and wants to let women, men and children of all nationalities know there is hope and peace within. She dedicates her shoot to all woman who have battled breast cancer, especially those who died fighting. She says, “Cancer breaks you down in all kinds of ways, but if you are strong we can conquer anything” and I agree! I can’t wait to meet her and be part of he transformation.
The second is mastectomy tattoo survivor Tina, a Tucson, Arizona native coming to San Diego for her shoot! A full-time mother of three, she discovered during her first mammogram at 40 she had cancer on her left breast. She chose a double mastectomy and is now happy and proud to say she has been cancer free for 2 years and 8 months!
Tina wants to participate with my Underwater Healer project for her kids. Her children have watched both parents fight incredible sickness and she wants to show them she is a strong, beautiful survivor. Tina also believe it will not only help her and her family heal, but also heal those recently diagnosed. “Survivors need survivors to survive. To see a survivor surviving gives strength” Tina says. I believe this as well and am very much looking forward to working with her.
I celebrate both Juanita and Tina’s fight and strength. I am so thankful to be working with both of them next month and am very grateful to Shane for collaborating with me. Please check out his work and stay tuned for stories of their transformation and photos from their underwater portrait sessions!