Orlando Breast Cancer Survivor Searches for "Nipple Tattoo Artist"Posted May 2, 2008, 10:22 am in Health
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Orlando Breast Cancer Survivor Searches for "Nipple Tattoo Artist"
Orlando, FL, April 16, 2008 -- In what would be a medical first, a breast cancer survivor and registered nurse has started her search for a "very special artist" to tattoo realistic nipples on her reconstructed breasts.
Meg Gaffney was diagnosed with breast cancer more than 18 months ago at age 48, and made the decision to question every recommendation and examine every option presented her by doctors. She says, "so many patients, they're so blinded by hearing that word cancer in their diagnosis, and they don't ask questions. They're afraid to question the environment that all the specialists have placed them in."
Meg's questions led to some controversial answers: she decided to reject the chemotherapy treatments recommended by her doctors, and to quit radiation after only one session, saying "when I came out I felt like I had been put in a microwave, left on high, and forgotten about." For Meg, the only treatment that made sense was a radical bilateral mastectomy. Recently, doctors at Florida Hospital performed the procedure, removing both breasts and the surrounding tissue.
After a second surgery for implants, mastectomy patients typically have a third surgery to construct faux nipples using skin taken from another part of the body. Meg didn't like the idea. "I've spoken to women that said the first time around, the skin graft didn't take. And those women say, if given a choice again, I think I'd like to just be tattooed. So now, I say doc, where do we find someone that can just tattoo this area of my body to look like real anatomical parts? And he did not know."
So Meg decided to pioneer a new option: body art. She's hoping to find a tattoo artist willing to recreate the parts that doctors -- and cancer -- took away. "And I'm going to go to each end of the earth; I'm going to find an artist that's passionate about working with breast cancer patients," says Meg. "I want to empower women to take time, to take choices, to know that you are not a cookie cutter with the same treatment plan as the next person."
Meg Gaffney's amazing story is being documented by The Growing Bolder Media Group. Exclusive videos of her journey are now posted at growingbolder.com. "Meg's story will be turned into a documentary to help other women who are facing the difficult and often overwhelming decisions after a breast cancer diagnosis," says Executive Producer Katy Widrick. "She's a creative, passionate woman whose out-of-the-box thinking will result in a brand new option for millions."
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