mastectomy tattoos

Photos: Peter Hapak

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Beth Fairchild
"I fought to have my breasts removed. Given that my cancer had already spread, my doctors said the surgery and recovery would diminish my quality of life, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I used to feel idealized for my breasts. I’ve never felt sexier than I do now."

Beth Fairchild,37, diagnosed in 2014 with stage IV lobular carcinoma with metastases to the bones, liver, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, top portion of the vagina, and tissue around the stomach. A tattoo artist specializing in breast cancer patients, she owns Lucky Street Tattoo in North Carolina with her husband (also an artist) and is president of METAvivor, a nonprofit that raises awareness and funding for stage IV metastatic breast cancer.