Lebanese breast cancer survivors choose tattoos over taboos
Healing is paramount for the women who hit the parlour to cover up their surgical scars with ink
For Lebanese breast cancer survivor Roula Saad, a decade-long struggle with the disease was not over until tattoo artist Joa Antoun concealed her surgical scars, helping her deal with the physical and psychological impact of a double mastectomy.
“I hated looking at myself in the mirror; I changed a lot. I felt I was forced to live in a state of grief. I was mourning my femininity and the loss of part of my body,” Saad said. “I was not reconciled with myself at all, nor with my own image.”
The mother of two now proudly wears her tattoo designs as a testament to her victory over the disease. She described it as a therapeutic and life-changing experience, adding: “It was like being born again.”..