They get chest tattoos after having breast cancer

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They get tattoos on their chest after having had breast cancer

This tattoo on their mutilated breasts is supposed to allow these women to reclaim their bodies.

Having breast cancer is a traumatic ordeal for women, even when they recover from it. The scars that a mastectomy leaves on their bodies remind them of the hell they went through. The organization EMPOWERink offers them a way to change the way they look at themselves by having their chest tattooed.

Eight women lived the experience, Sunday, at the ParadoXe salon, in Sainte-Foy. Among them, Chantale Germain, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.

At the time, radiotherapy treatments were enough to overcome it. But on learning that she was a carrier of the BRCA2 gene and therefore subject to a very likely recurrence, she followed her doctor's advice and underwent a double mastectomy.

From now on, the side left of her chest is adorned with a lace-like design.

I wanted something for me that represented me. When I go to look in the mirror, I won't see all those scars that remind me every day that I had cancer, she says.

Removal of the breasts, reconstruction… Karen Malkin Lazarovitz has also been there. Covering her scars with something beautiful, as she describes it, made her feel better.

She decided to share it with others. This is how she got the idea to create EMPOWERink this year. The organization connects breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy with tattoo artists and organizes sessions like the one on Sunday, in Sainte-Foy.

The first two took place in Montreal and Oshawa, Ontario. Each time, the tattoo artists work for free.

If women had to pay, it would cost them at least $1,000, estimates Karen Malkin Lazarovitz.

The women present on Sunday at the ParadoXe came from all over Canada. One of them had specially made the trip from British Columbia.

Mélissa Vezina and Tommy Renaud, the owners of ParadoXe, were very proud to contribute by making their living room available for the day.

It's full of emotions for us. We give birth to their femininity. I have a lot of admiration for all these women, comments Mélissa Vezina.

To date, 18 people have been tattooed thanks to EMPOWERink. Karen Malkin Lazarovitz wants to partner with tattoo parlors in every Canadian province, to allow other women to turn their scars into works of art.

According to information from Tifa Bourjouane

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