When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, it changes her life forever. This is something that tattoo artist Beth Fairchild knows all too well. This is because she has been living with stage 4 breast cancer for five years now and knows that she will one day die from the disease. Rather than giving in to despair, Fairchild has been working to help other women with breast cancer, particularly those who have had a mastectomy. She uses her love of art and tattooing to help recreate breast cancer patients' bodies so that they can feel more like themselves again, according to Today.
When a breast cancer patient has a total mastectomy, she loses her whole breast. While reconstruction surgery is often an option, the breast will still not look the way it used to. If patients have to go through chemotherapy, then they will likely lose their hair, and possibly even their eyelashes and eyebrows. This can cause a woman who is already struggling with so much feel a lack of self-confidence. Fairchild uses permanent makeup to help recreate the areola, and even draw on eyelashes and eyebrows to help the breast cancer patient or survivor regain a sense of confidence.
Fairchild's life was greatly impacted by breast cancer even before she received her own diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in 2014. Her mother had the disease, as well as her grandmothers on both sides. Seeing their struggle inspired Fairchild to use her talents to help others in a life-changing way.