One of the constant reminders of my experience with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer) is my tattoos from radiation. Now, granted they are small, the size of pen dots. Most people wouldn’t even notice them. The people who would and do are the people who have had them. You know who you are, unfortunately. I have long contemplated having them removed, but am still on the fence about it.
As you may recall from my radiation posts, doctors often tattoo cancer patients with black dots in order to pinpoint where to do the radiation treatments. The dots are super useful during radiation, but the truth is that they can be a painful reminder for many people such as myself about the FBC experience.
“Every time I saw them, it was a reminder of a very difficult time in my life. Having [the dots] removed was really important to me, just to get that part of my life behind me,” said & my awesome & inspiring friend Rebecca McCabe, who underwent both surgery and six weeks of radiation for FBC in 2011. I know exactly how she feels…and know quite a few other people who feel the same way.
Recently, I learned about a local Virginia business that is stepping up to help people who have had FBC. UnTattooU in Vienna, Virginia (what a great name for a town, right?) is offering free radiation tattoo removal for people who have had FBC.
“We look at this as something that we can add to their care,” said Dr. Scott Berger, chief medical officer at UnTattooU.
What do you think? Have you had it done? Have you contemplated it? I’d love to hear about your experience.
For more information about the promotion above, visit UnTattooU’s website. Anyone interested in doing this needs – as always! – have the procedure approved by their oncologist before scheduling an appointment.
* Photo of me at radiation by my dear Elizabeth Messina