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Living a Breast-Free Life

By on March 25th, 2014 Categories: Treatment & Side Effects

When I first met my mother-in-law, in 1972, she had recently recovered from her second mastectomy. She was only 46 at the time. She’d had her prior mastectomy at age 31. Reconstruction wasn’t an option back then. I remember feeling sorry for her, but also marveling at her positive attitude. She looked great — she wore breast forms and, had I not known about her …

Vinnie Myers, 3-D Nipple Tattoo Artist: Frequently Asked Questions

By on September 4th, 2013 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Editor’s Note: Vinnie Myers is a tattoo artist who specializes in 3-dimensional nipple tattoos for women who have had mastectomy and/or reconstruction — you may have seen some of his blogs right here. I recently spoke with Vinnie to get answers to some of the questions he’s most frequently asked in the comments.
– Caroline Durham, content manager of Breastcancer.org

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Reconstruction Coverage Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act

By on October 11th, 2012 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

When you are diagnosed with breast cancer and opt for mastectomy and breast reconstruction, the last thing you want to worry about is whether your surgery will be covered by your health insurance plan. Such surgical procedures can cost tens of thousands of dollars, taking into account the bills from the lab, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the surgical assistant, the hospital, and others.

Prior to …

Q&A with Vinnie Myers, 3D Nipple Tattoo Specialist

By on April 27th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

I would like to thank all of you who took the time to read and/or comment on my recent blog post. The positive responses were great inspiration to me and I thought it might help to post a few images of the work I’ve been doing lately — and open the opportunity for anyone who might have a question about the relatively new service of …

3D Illusion Nipple Tattoos: The Finishing Touch

By on February 16th, 2012 Categories: The Breast Cancer Journey

Twenty-five years ago or so, if someone had said to me, “One day you’ll be tattooing nipples on women who have battled breast cancer,” I would have said they were crazy. Yet here I am doing just that, spending the majority of my days implanting pigments into the skin to create the illusion of a 3-dimensional nipple and areola. What a thing it is… or… …

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