I researched, designed and saved my waitress and babysitting money I had earned while attending classes in school and soon, I had enough and felt confident that this was going to be what I wanted to share with people the rest of my life. It was meaningful, it was a tribute and it was definitely me. I had a few of my best friends come with me for moral support and within an hour and a half I had my dream design. What is it you ask?
The purple heart in the middle is a tribute to preemie babies. The words ‘strength, love, courage, and survivor’ are words to describe my every day life, the strength I had to be here today with a 10% chance survival rate when I was born and courage to endure every obstacle that comes my way. My parents freaked when I showed them a few weeks later and looking back I can understand since I had been against it at first. I explained my reasoning and they, although not a fan, understood. I wanted to explain my tattoo to people rather than the scar itself and I get many comments and compliments about it to this day.
Do I regret my tattoos? Never. They are in places where I am never questioned about them unless I’m wearing a bathing suit in the summer or not wearing a watch. They represent me, my life and what is meaningful to me. Some ask “what about when your daughter gets older?” I’m happy to explain to her what they mean and more importantly what they are to me. My survivor tattoo did stretch a bit since having my daughter but I love that my stretch marks add to the greatness of that tattoo. When I’m 90 years old and I look at my wrinkled body, I’ll still love them.