I discovered this on my Facebook page with the message that Facebook had been deeming the photo unacceptable and removing it. I couldn’t figure out why.It just looked like a beautiful tattoo.
When I read on, tears came to my eyes. Bravo to this woman.
The text that accompanied the picture was this: “This is the photo that Facebook keeps taking down and keeps disappearing from all pages including comments. See if we can keep it going.This woman has this tattoo to cover mastectomy scars. I think it is beautiful and brave. What is so offensive Facebook”
I think it is beautiful and brave too. If it turns out not to be true, I still think it is a brilliant idea.
In vain, I have googled and searched in an attempt to find the source of this photograph.
This is the only link I could find. If any of you know more about it, please let me know.
Since it was on Facebook, I figure it will be fine to post here. If it isn’t, I imagine I will hear about it.
If you are as touched as I am by this, please pass it on and pause for a moment to honour every single woman whose life has been touched by breast cancer. Then, please drop by the Facebook page for the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund and give it a “like”. It feels appropriate. Thanks!
Cancer in My Thirties says
Thank you for this, Patricia!
Grndma Chris says
Awe those peeps who tried to get it removed should be ashamed.
I second that, Chris, and can’t imagine what they were thinking!
Seems painful but brave, definitely. I have to admire her courage.
Mmm-hmm, I do agree. I imagine you just have to put it all into perspective and bite the bullet.
renée a. schuls-jacobson says
Wow, I hadn’t seen that. It is gorgeous. Before I read the story I thought, Omigosh! Who would do something like that to herself?! But afterwards, I thought: That makes perfect sense.
Funny how a little context changes everything.
What a wonderful way to create something beautiful out of what was once there. Stunning! And if the person with this tattoo really has survived cancer, she can certainly endure a few more needles to produce something gorgeous like her ink-cami.
“Funny how a little context changes everything.” – Very wise, Renée.
Thank you, Patricia! I posted it to FB. We’ll see what happens. Yes, Renée, very wise. Thanks for the context, too.
Hey Val, I hope you saw my post a week later when I was sent the link to woman who has this tattoo.
Donna Sheehan says
What a beautiful expression of survivorship.
Nelson - One Old Sage says
My mother had a double mastectomy in 1952 and her scars were massive. She was never self conscious about it but certainly understood why some women would be. I say congrats to this woman for taking action that made her feel better and helped her through a very difficult transition. Suck it up Facebook and let beauty stand!
Tameri Etherton says
That truly is one of the most beautiful tattoos I’ve ever seen. Artistically and aesthetically. I don’t know why Facebook would take it down. Some of the pics I see from erotica authors are far more revealing!
You make such a good point, Tameri. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this.
This is such a great work of art and I can’t imagine why FB might take it down. It may have had some inflammatory message with it at some point, but I see that every day! Doesn’t make sense.
Well, they seem to be okay with it now, thank goodness.
That must have been done by a tattoo artist to beat all others. It’s magnificent.
It really is magnificent, as you say. I’m going to keep investigating to see if I can find the back story.
What a brave woman. Not sure why they would want to take down the photo–this is life, the beautiful and the pain mixed together.
Good. For. Her. She took something ugly and turn it into a work of art.
Lovely post, Patricia.
w/a Jansen Schmidt
Exactly. Brave. Beautiful.
Top Gun says
One question…Is that real 😮
Hey Patricia, call me a jaded New Yorker, but possibly FB keeps removing it because they know that’s it’s actually too good to be true and in reality it is an internet hoax playing on peoples’ emotions. If it was real I don’t think it would be an anonymous source. I found you through you finding me on Susie’s site.
Okay, you are a jaded New Yorker … and you may well be right. I’m attempting to find out the truth about it. Thanks for stopping by. Yup, good to meet you at Susie’s “do”!
Good to meet you, too!
Hello! Susie sent me. Great post! 🙂
Hi there! Thanks for stopping by! Susie throws the best parties, doesn’t she?
I got a link to your blog from Diana Douglas this morning – after having seen this very tattoo in another context. (Coincidences abound)
Here’s a link: http://dunthor.com/2012/07/31/tattoo-tuesday/
Wow! I hadn’t seen it on Facebook. And I don’t know how I missed your original post. But I am glad I’ve seen this one. Sometimes I really hate Facebook and this is one of those times. Why would they take this down?
Kate MacNicol says
I hope you get to the bottom of it Patricia.
We did! I hope you saw the follow-up!
This is wonderful! I love it!
Jenny Hansen says
You’re making me wish I’d linked to this for my breast cancer post on the Beauty of a Woman blogfest. I’d heard about an older woman doing this, but not a younger one. I think this photo is LOVELY.
Lovely, for sure, Jenny! Link to it any time. I’m so in awe of this woman’s brave and beautiful response.
Baritone Castrato (@deepcastrato) says
The bravery of the women of the Scar Project is astounding and prompted me to post to twitter a picture of my own cancer scar. Not really a scar, but the aftermath of bi-lateral orchiectomy – an empty sack. I’m not not sure if the loss of my testicles is equivalent to the loss of a woman’s breasts, but it is comparable. I think the difference is that, while breasts are ‘on display’, balls are not. Kudos to these women.
Here is what I got after a quick research:
Inga Duncan Thornell is the woman name and here is her personal website
There is a special section dedicated to the tatoo
I forgot to paste the link…