Monday, October 19, 2009

Tassels for a Cause TM

I designed a tassel for Breast Cancer Awareness to help raise funds for special projects. I am presently involved in learning the art of henna myself. Its a pay forward kind of thing. Its come full circle now. Its part of staying positive and passing that positive energy along.

If you want a Breast Cancer Tassel just e-mail me at and we will arrange something. I can also write someones name on the pink ribbon if you like. Thank you for spending time on my blog. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions or questions feel free to share.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tattoo Nipples.....something new to learn about

My landlady is a messauge tharapist and a tattoo artist. Part of her tattoo skills involve hiding skin inperfections for scares and such. She does eyebrows and cosmetic tattoo as well. This weekend she took a day class on how to do nipples. There were 20 in the class and they got to learn from actually working on several cancer survivors. From my research I have learned that sometimes your surgeon will do the tattooing or most commonly, they send you to a tattoo artist. Its your choice of course, if you want to get nipples. Some people choose not to. And thats ok.
I have found through my journey of life with all its twists and turns that I end up ok. It may not be what I had planned, but at least I am here for the ride!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


I am going through the reconstruction of my breasts now. Each stage has been a challenge and a learning experience. Because of some other health issues I am having breast implants. I am looking forward to larger breasts than I had before. I always wanted that, but not quite this way!
None-the -less I had a choice. And that was cool.
There are many different ways to reconstruct a womans breast now. By using her own body tissues and of course the implants. Its amazing!!
Through a federal law, Insurances Companies have to allow breast reconstruction due to breast cancer. Even if it is years afterwards. If your breasts are uneven. If your breasts implants need replaceing. There is one proceedure that takes your belly tissue (Tummy Tuck) and constructs your breasts from that. I had been joking about that for years and now they can do it!!!
For me they can not. That other health issue prevents it. However I am looking forward to showing off my new girl friends soon.
To celebrate, I am taking up belly dancing! And Wendy is going to do her henna magic on me once again! I will be posting pics as all this comes about. Its important to share.
The last step, in all this will be tattooing my nipples on. That is another choice I have. All through this journey I have had choices. That is important to remember. And I hope by sharing my experiences, it won't be so frightening for others.
I have said this before.....................of course you never want to hear you have cancer. But the day you find out you have cancer "is the day you can begin to fight it!" Never think for a minute you don't want to know!!! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. Hugs and Blessing to you all. Linda

Monday, October 5, 2009

Shield of Victory by Henna Artist Akiyo Ogura

This is a picture of a breast cancer survivor who wanted to celebrate her victory over breast cancer by getting her chest Hennaed. Again you can click on the picture and get a closer look at Akiyo's work. I think this is just STUNNING!!

Henna Crowns by Akiyo

These are three Henna Crowns done by Akiyo of in New York City. You can click on the pictures and get a real close-up.

Akiyo Ogura Henna Artist in New York City

This is another example as I call them, "Shield of Victory" done in henna by Artist Akiyo Ogura who is in New York City. I recently had the honor of talking with Akiyo who is putting together a henna workshop for cancer patients.
You can see more of Akiyo work by visiting her site
She is also on Facebook Henna by Akiyo.