Tattoo Artists Use Ink to Help Breast Cancer Patients

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Columbia-based tattoo artist has been invited on "The Doctors" to talk about her involvement in an organization that transforms breast cancer patients' scars into something beautiful.

Shannon Purvis Barron began collaborating with P.INK or Personal Ink in the fall of 2013 during an event where ten women had their mastectomy scars tattooed.

"This has happened, they're better, they're not dealing with the cancer anymore, but now they're left with this daily reminder and they need something to help them move on," said Barron. "To make that process over and done with and beautiful again."

After Barron tattooed the patient she was paired with, the woman's first words were "I'm not ugly anymore." Though the scars still lie under the ink, Barron says the designs often fill the void left beneath the surface.

After she appears on the national show, Barron hopes the help of a professional tattoo artist will be presented to those who may want it

"I want that to be something that's out there as an option that even the hospitals or somebody would say here are your options and we're one of them," said Barron.

Most artists suggest patients wait 18 months for their scar tissue to heal before tattooing over it, but Barron says the option alone can be a source of hope and a light at the end of the tunnel for women who once believed something irreplaceable had been stolen by cancer.


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