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I WAS AT HOME A SHORT WHILE AFTER THE HOLIDAY AND STOOD LOOKING AT MY CHEST IN THE MIRROR. I WAS THINKING ABOUT OPTIONS: WHAT COULD BE DONE TO REMOVE IT. THEN I THOUGHT ‘WHY NOT COVER IT?

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uncomfortable. Some areas of my chest were not sensitive to the needles at all, whereas others made me want to fly through the roof. I really couldn’t predict the severity of the discomfort. I did wonder what I was doing after the first session but two weeks later, after that section was shaded, I was over the moon and so very glad I had started on this journey. “I no longer feel ‘scarred’ but have an amazing tattoo! It had been a long process as I also required some surgery during the tattoo. Dave had done it in stages working around the areas worked on by the surgeon. “The compliments have been amazing. No one EVER said ‘I love your scar’ but the amount of people who like my tattoo and enquire about it is amazing. I opened an account on a dating site recently and posted a torso shot (for the first time ever) as my main picture. I had over 60 messages in the first hour all mentioning the tattoo. That, for me, was the moment I felt normal for the first time ever. At the end of last year I went on a beach holiday and proudly took my top off, swam in the pool/ sea and walked along the beach. I felt liberated and overjoyed. I have had some criticism towards my tattoo. One guy said he thought they were ugly. I replied ‘it’s people like you that would have stared at the huge scar I have under my tattoo’. This is my choice and I don’t care what your opinion is so keep your mouth shut’. Another person said I should have accepted it and not messed around with my body. I asked him about his scars to which he replied ‘I don’t have any’ to which I replied ‘then you can’t have an opinion about mine’. “I suppose people are surprised I have a tattoo. Not many of my friends or acquaintances knew about the scar, because it was always covered up, so when I unveiled the tattoo it was shocking for them. A straightlaced English teacher with a huge tattoo covering his chest is reasonably unusual I suppose…”

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