4 Calla Lilies

My Tattoo Story

As some of you may know, I turned 21 last month and I also decided (impulsively) to get my first tattoo. Getting your first tattoo can be tough, because like me, I had no idea what I wanted on my body for the rest of my life.

I reflected on my 21 years of life and looked to the events that impacted my life the most. The biggest one being, my mom getting diagnosed with breast cancer my senior year of high school. That moment was tough on all of us. My mom had always been the strongest, and as a single mother, she never showed my sister or I any sign of weakness. She would always come home with a smile and never failed to make those around her laugh with her crazy antics. Seeing her wake up from her mastectomy was as if I was seeing a completely different person. She was pale, in pain, and devastated with the way she looked. My mom has been through so much in her life, but this was the worst and it really took a toll on her. I thought I had lost the mother I knew, but the moment she cracked a joke, I knew she had never left. She didn’t go through chemotherapy or radiation, but was put on Tamoxifen, an estrogen modulator that can treat and prevent the reoccurrence of breast cancer. That part of our lives was a gloomy time, but it was also a hopeful time. Our family had never been closer.

For the longest time it was just my sister, great grandmother, mom, and I; just the 4 of us. My mom met my stepdad when I was in middle school and got married when I started high school and he has been the best addition to our family. He accepted the 4 of us for who we were and loved us as if he knew us his whole life.

My childhood wasn’t perfect, but I cherish the memories I spent when it was just us 4. We all learned from one another, helped one another, hated each other (at some points), but most importantly we loved and lived life together.

Through my reflection I knew I wanted something that would symbolize the 4 of us, so I chose the purest flowers; 4 calla lilies. To tie them off I chose a pink ribbon for my mom.

The tattoo was placed in my inner left arm and took about 3 hours. It didn’t hurt as bad as I thought, but did get tiring. The end result was everything I could have hoped for.

Now, every time I lift my arms, or look towards my inner arm, I’m reminded of who got me to where I am today, who shaped me into who I am, my biggest motivation to succeed for is, the 4 of us. Tattoo Story

3 thoughts on “4 Calla Lilies

  1. Makeup by Erin says:

    I love everything about this! The tattoo is gorgeous, but the story is even more beautiful. Thanks for sharing something so personal and lovely. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

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