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Ink on Pink - Kathleen

55, South Lanarkshire

When Kathleen sees her tattoo of her favourite flower, she is reminded not of the operations but of the beauty of life.

The mum of two was left with multiple scars from four operations – including having her breast removed – after twice being diagnosed with breast cancer .

Kathleen says she has never had any regrets about deciding against reconstruction surgery and never felt embarrassed about the scars left over from her life-saving operations.

But now when she looks at her chest, she sees something beautiful, which to her symbolises life.


Kathleen, of Symington, South Lanarkshire , who bravely revealed her tattoo in the hope of inspiring others, said: “My message to anyone who has been through breast cancer is that you should be proud of what you look like – it’s the new you."

“I never worried about the scars on my body and never once regretted my decision not to have reconstruction surgery when I had my breast removed. But when I reached the five-year anniversary of being cancer free after my second breast cancer diagnosis, I wanted to do something to mark how I feel – that every day should be a celebration of life."

“So I picked a symbol of life – lilies, which are my favourite flower – and now when I look at where my breast used to be, I’m reminded not of operations but of the beauty of life.”

Kathleen was first diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2005, three months after finding a lump in her breast.

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