Let me start this by saying that I am beyond terrified of needles. Like so much so that when someone else gets a needle I pass out. So for me getting a tattoo was overcoming this extreme fear and then actually going forward with it.
I started out by using EMLA numbing cream on my leg because I was pretty sure that there was no other way this was happening. I went and sat through and waited for my step father to finish his tattoo first and then it was my turn. I very nearly chickened out but decided that I needed to go through with this because the meaning behind it was extremely powerful for me.
As soon as the work was started I settled down and realized that it really was not as bad as I thought. Then it hit me, i felt terrible and hot and sick I thought I was going to pass out. I ended up having him stop and asked for a cold cloth. After my sister got me a cold cloth I thought I was good to go, I was wrong haha. I had him stop and laid down on the floor. As soon as I laid down I felt great and I was able to allow him complete the work.
I am so in love with my tattoo and so glad I did it even though today it hurts, my fabulous husband has been helping me keep it clean and moist.
My sister has almost the same one and my mother got one with the breast cancer ribbon and angel wings around it. My mother is a 5 year survivor and i am beyond proud of her for all she has gone through and how well she handled her illness. I am proud to wear this ribbon on my leg for life in support of what my mother went through. My mother in law is a two time survivor so breast cancer has hit my home and heart near and dear.