After she tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene, Gemma Franks decided to undergo a double mastectomy immediately. Friends and family of the 31 year old were stunned about her choice; especially that she was only in her early 30s and is the mother of young children. Gemma’s decision was largely influenced by father and aunt who had succumbed to cancer. She said that she did not want to put her children through the anguish of slowly losing a loved one to the disease.
While most young women who decide to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy also opt for reconstructive surgery, Gemma and her husband came up with a novel way of hiding her scars – by covering her breasts with a bikini shaped tattoo. She said that she didn’t want to go through the process of having her breasts reconstructed because they will never feel and look the same way again.
Sophie Gibbons, the artist who drew the tattoo knew that this was the most personal work she has done yet. “I’ve covered scars before but never mastectomy scars on such an area. I’m happy to have helped because obviously it’s a really awful thing to go through and this makes it look more fun.”
We have been writing this blog for a while, and I must say that this is the first time we have come across something like this. It was like Gemma had made something beautiful out of an otherwise horrifying experience. The tattoo was tastefully done and could really be a viable option for a lot of survivors.