They found a way through creativity!
It's no exaggeration when one says that a creative mind can see art in the unlikeliest of places and most improbable of situations. Art is like a language of its own, and in some ways, a magical healer of sorts. Many have often been faced with trauma in their lives, and for many, creative artwork has come to the rescue. Something similar is the story with these victims of breast cancer, who were doomed to live with the scars of treatment, but found a way out through creativity.
Check out these awesome tattoos that actually made it impossible to guess that they were once left over with scars by a deadly foe.
Cari-Anne Higgins had enough of surgeries after having suffered from breast cancer twice already and decided to opt for this tattoo. Artist Autumn Tierney then created this beautiful artwork to "celebrate survival and living her life to the fullest."
After going through bilateral mastectomy in 2012, Carrie decided against reconstruction and rather went for creative reconstruction. The owl, fireball, and leaves, all hold powerful meanings, and helped her achieve a level of relief that was even more than what she felt from knowing that she had significantly reduced her risk of breast cancer.
Patty Carr had a prophylactic double mastectomy. But her troubles didn't end there as she had to undergo several surgeries afterwards as her implants got infected. That's when she decided to get herself inked, converting all the marks of her past pain into blossoming artwor
Barbara got her design inked on herself years after her mastectomy.
It took Roberta five years to finally opt for a tattoo after she lost one breast to a mastectomy. But now that she has got inked a tattoo, she says that she feels whole again.
Ann wanted something that could remind her of beauty and growth, and so decided to get herself a tattoo.
Paula Stanley once found it difficult to even look at herself in the mirror. But now, after getting herself a large tattoo of flowers and birds, she sees in her reflection the image of a woman who mustered the strength to get through breast cancer and found herself a positive way of dealing with it.
Adriana's skin was left destroyed by the radiation and chemo treatments that she had to undergo after being diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. It was only 11 years later that she decided to get herself inked and it basically overwhelmed her, making her feel like she had been repaired again for the first time in ten years.
Having been diagnosed with cancer in the cherry-blossom season, she decided to get a cherry branch inked on herself, symbolizing her rebirth.
Artist Joseph Andrew created this incredible tattoo of a phoenix for a cancer survivor.