More than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone, many of whom will have to undergo mastectomies in order to rid themselves of the cancer. During a mastectomy, doctors removes the diseased tissue inside the breast, and are often forced to remove the nipples and areolae in the process. Once breast reconstruction surgery is done, many breast cancer survivors must learn to live with their reconstructed breasts, often sans nipples and areolae. While this may seem like a small sacrifice to endure for being able to have a life-saving procedure, in many cases it leaves breast cancer survivors feeling mangled, less beautiful, less feminine, less whole.
This is where tattoo artist Vinnie Myers steps in.