Heart-shaped nipples.

Updated: Jul 11

How I loved myself back to life after cancer.

When cancer stole my left breast, with areola included, I felt like a freak and a monster.

I was deformed, I felt ugly.

I hated my reflection in the mirror, I hated the sight of myself.

So once the reconstruction had been done I decided I needed to find a way to love and accept myself as I was.

I had two boobs again (albeit wonky ones) and I needed someway to show myself that I am perfect just the way I am.

That's when I decided that instead of getting a tattoo of a realistic nipple for my reconstructed breast, I would turn both my nipples into hearts.

Yes, it does look like I was born a burlesque dancer or porn star, and that's okay by me because it was my way of declaring true love to my post cancer breasts, and more importantly to myself.

Getting the tattoo done on my reconstructed left breast didn’t hurt because it's just an implant and a thin cover of skin.

The right one though.

Damn that hurt like hell!

So I apologise for all the swearing in the video, but it was worth the pain.

I’m not suggesting anyone go out and get heart-shaped tattoos.

But I am suggesting you love and accept yourself just the way you are.

If you went through cancer like me, then you owe it to yourself to be kind and loving to yourself for the rest of your life.

Enough suffering okay?

Whether it’s wonky tits, odd testicles, thinning hair, scars or whatever else.

Just love you.

And remember.

Cancer Misfits rock 😎

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