“Forever Bonded Email”

Posted: October 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Ever since the first-ever, premier Personal Ink – P.INK event in New York City on October 21, 2013, the emails between P.INK, the tattoo artists and survivors have been flying! They are filled with so much joy. After several attempts of my trying to respond (and getting email error messages) I wanted to make sure that what I wrote back to everyone, did indeed get put out there into the Universe. Here is my email response back.

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{{{ Everyone, literally EVERYONE!! }}}

Every time I’ve read one of ‘our’ emails — yes, we are an ‘our’ … a forever bonded band of souls — because all of us now have a sacred bond, as we are the very first group of women to have experienced this life-changing blessing together — Every time I read, and then go to chime in? Something that rarely EVER happens with blabber mouth me, does indeed happen … I find myself speechless, unable to articulate everything that’s been swirling inside of my heart, mind and soul.

Shannon tattooing me while I'm in a deep meditative state.

It took three days worth of attempting to write, work through waves of overwhelming emotions, to finally get out of what was bubbling up from my heart and soul into words.

Here is a link to where I did finally get at least a chunk of it out … “Forever Thankful”  (Please understand, this isn’t meant as a plug for my blog. It’s meant as a means of not ending up in a huge puddle of tears, yet again, by writing it all out in an our emails. Seriously.)

It feels like it will eternally be impossible to ever express my depth of gratitude, to everyone. Literally, to every single person that was a part of making October 21st possible.

Thank you to Molly, [founder of P.INK] for acting upon wanting to share the joy she felt with feeling beautiful again after her tattoo. To her gracious, warm family and friends that encouraged and facilitated “let’s do this!” being possible.

“My Tom” “My Mom”  and Noel … y’all rock! [This is how Molly affectionately introduced her husband and mom. Noel is her brother-in-law and is an integral part of P.INK] I could just hug y’all ’till you wanted to squirm! You know, like that obnoxious Aunt Milly, who, in utter smothering terror we all run from at family reunions?

Thank you to every single staff member of P.INK — whether you made phone calls; performed techo-wizardry; coordinated anything, right down to picking up a lunch; brainstormed on how to make goals possible; cleaned up the office; picked up a paperclip! … without you, we survivors would never have been blessed with feeling this beautiful again.

Thank you to each and every tattoo artist, your support staff and families. The enthusiasm, patience and respect in each of your voices, faces and your artistry assured us survivors, indubitably, with total confidence, that our battle scars would become a source of joyous beauty, forever more.

Shannon, I don’t know what I did in some other lifetime to have deserved to have “fallen” into your extremely talented hands. But I do know I will eternally owe you blessings for all of your warmth, humor and generosity. Hot damn, you deserve to be anointed as a queen in some chunk of our known Universe!

And, although I didn’t get to really meet and chat with any of my fellow survivors (I so regret that, my one and ONLY regret of this entire life-changing experience) … Please, allow me to thank each and every one of you! Our collective total lack of inhibition, and our cheerful curiosity of one another’s tattoo choices, made for that day to be a totally wondrous experience!

Everyone involved created palpable joyfulness in the studio that day! It was magical!

But, what moved me the most? Was the quiet “it’s a given” mutual respect and admiration for one another, as survivors. For us just being there. For taking back what the ravages of breast cancer, the scars, had robbed us all of … a sliver of our intimate feminine confidence.

Again, thank you to EVERYONE that made P.INK’s premiere possible!!

“I’m a P.INK’s Premiere Diva!”

Sincerely,

Chérie

P.S.: Told y’all I was a blabber mouth! haha

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