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BrownBagger
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Tattoo

Postby BrownBagger » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:13 pm

I've never had the desire to get a tattoo, but now that I have my port, I'm thinking about dressing the area up with my favorite self-characterization which is, OTMF. The first two letters stand for "One Tough." I'll let you dope out the last two. Yep, that's it.

I'm thinking about getting those letters inked in over the top of my right breast, right under the port. Given all the people who are going to see it, I might have fun telling them what it means. Or not.

Anyway, I think that after 115 rounds of chemo, etc., I am officially OTMF, and proud of it.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
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Re: Tattoo

Postby ams5796 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:36 pm

Whenever you can legitimately use the letters MF in any self characterization you NEED to go for it. You are OTMF.


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Stage 3C (or 4?) Rectal Cancer 01/07
2/10 lung mets
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6/11 VATS
7/13 lung met
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NED 8/14
5/17 scan and MRI found treated spine met

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Re: Tattoo

Postby midlifemom » Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:00 pm

I don't care for tattoos, butt in this instance - - Go for it!!
You have definitely earned the right to wear it proudly.
Stage 3 cc - dx Jan '14 age 53, cea 2.9
t2n2m0, KRAS mutant, MSS
Folfox Feb - Aug '14
Nov '14 cea 27.7 -2 liver masses
Dec '14 left lobectomy and HAI
Jan '15 FUDR and FOLFIRI
Aug '15 fudr done, liver clear, add avastin for lungs. Cea 4.3
Feb '16 CEA rising
May '16 2 wk break then drop Iri for 6 weeks.
Jul '16 cancer grew, constricted main bile duct. Stent inserted. On break till jaundice clears. CEA climbing. Doing reduced Folfox. Allergic to Oxali.
Sep'16 chemo failed. Trial or hospice?

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Jack&KatiesMommy
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Re: Tattoo

Postby Jack&KatiesMommy » Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:29 pm

I would check with Dr. K about tattooing that area before you do it, BB. I think the line (in some people) is just under the skin....and tatooing over the line could be an issue.
Cynthia
Cynthia
Mommy to Jack (8) now (17) and Katie (4) now (13)
(My Most Precious Things)
Dx 8/11 Stage IV CRC (liver mets) CEA 2,600+
9/11 Folfiri 2/12: Failed Liver Resection
5/12 HAI pump/removed primary
4/13 Liver Resection
8/13-12/15 (10) RFAs lungs
5/17: Upper Left Lobe of lung resected.
02/18: 3 new lymph mets lung
05/18: Keytruda (MSS w/Intermediate TMB): NED CEA: 66.4, 39.2, 23.8, 13, 3.5 1.8, 1.0, 2.8 3.9, 5.0, 5.6, 1.5, .8,

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Re: Tattoo

Postby BrownBagger » Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:42 pm

Jack&KatiesMommy wrote:I would check with Dr. K about tattooing that area before you do it, BB. I think the line (in some people) is just under the skin....and tatooing over the line could be an issue.
Cynthia


I'll certainly check before I do anything invasive. However, the port, catheter, etc. are about 3 inches above the proposed tattoo location.

I'm not telling Kemeny or Sandy what it means. Trish, maybe.
Eric, 58
Dx: 3/09, Stage 4 RC
Recurrences: (ongoing, lung, bronchial cavity, ribs)
Major Ops: 6/ RFA: 3 /bronchoscopies: 8
Pelvic radiation: 5 wks. Bronchial radiation—brachytheray: 3 treatments
Chemo Rounds (career):136
Current Chemo Cocktail: Xeloda & Erbitux & Irinotecan biweekly
Current Cocktail; On the Wagon (mostly)
Bicycle miles post-dx 10,477
Motto: Live your life like it's going to be a long one, because it just might, and then you'll be glad you did.

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Re: Tattoo

Postby Jack&KatiesMommy » Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:38 pm

[quote="BrownBagger]

I'm not telling Kemeny or Sandy what it means. Trish, maybe.[/quote]

I bet Dr. K will figure it out! LOL
Cynthia
Mommy to Jack (8) now (17) and Katie (4) now (13)
(My Most Precious Things)
Dx 8/11 Stage IV CRC (liver mets) CEA 2,600+
9/11 Folfiri 2/12: Failed Liver Resection
5/12 HAI pump/removed primary
4/13 Liver Resection
8/13-12/15 (10) RFAs lungs
5/17: Upper Left Lobe of lung resected.
02/18: 3 new lymph mets lung
05/18: Keytruda (MSS w/Intermediate TMB): NED CEA: 66.4, 39.2, 23.8, 13, 3.5 1.8, 1.0, 2.8 3.9, 5.0, 5.6, 1.5, .8,

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Re: Tattoo

Postby juliej » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:26 pm

I've always thought scars are tattoos with better stories, but I'm all for your OTMF tattoo!!! The infusion room nurses will love it!

My advice is get recommendations/referrals before you take the plunge. Don't go to someone random. Even better, find someone who has experience with breast cancer patients - she/he will be experienced in working with people with cancer scars. Bonus points if she/he has done 3D nipple tattooing - then you'll get an amazing artist!

Can't wait to see the pics!
Stage IVb, liver/lung mets 8/4/2010
Xelox+Avastin 8/18/10 to 10/21/2011
LAR, liver resec, HAI pump 11/2011
Adjuvant Irinotecan + FUDR
Double lung surgery + ileo reversal 2/2012
Adjuvant FUDR + Xeloda
VATS rt. lung 12/2012 - benign granuloma!
VATS left lung 11/2013
NED 11/22/13 to 12/18/2019, CEA<1

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Re: Tattoo

Postby GrouseMan » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:27 pm

Aftercare will have to be especially looked after until the dermis heals. Depending on the size of the letters you will have an area of skin that will be sort of like "road rash", and need to heal. Because you are undergoing Chemo, you are going to heal much more slowly. As JulieJ indicated find someone experienced with cancer patients, has a great reputation, and is willing to take the time to get to know you if possible. Look over the shop, make sure they have an Autoclave to sterilize their equipment. Watch them work sometime, and see how they set up and dispense their ink, use new needles, clean and disinfect their work areas. Sometimes they can be some pretty scary looking individual's doing this sort of artwork, but you need to look beyond that. The guy that did mine and my wife's tattoo's was really scary looking. He has evil killer clowns as tattoo's, all over, His entire back is a Harley V-Twin engine, and he has graying hair in a long braided pony tail all the way to his ass, a great busy beard, and is a hard core Biker. An advertising agency once asked around to locate the scariest looking biker in the Detroit area, everyone named Chris. He owns his own shop has been the mentor to several other very talented artists. He is actually a VERY nice fellow. A truly talented artist will likely be able to give you an idea of something more than just OTMF.

Cool Idea - and I wish you luck.

Regards
GrouseMan
DW 53 dx Jun 2013
CT mets Liver Spleen lung. IVb CEA~110
Jul 2013 Sig Resct
8/13 FolFox,Avastin 12Tx mild sfx, Ongoing 5-FU Avastin every 3 wks.
CEA: good marker
7/7/14 CT Can't see the spleen Mets.
8/16/15 CEA Up, CT new abdominal mets. Iri, 5-FU, Avastin every 2 wks.
1/16 Iri, Erbitux and likely Avastin (Trial) CEA going >.
1/17 CEA up again dropped from Trial, Mets growth 4-6 mm in abdomen
5/2/17 Failed second trial, Hospitalized 15 days 5/11. Home Hospice 5/26, at peace 6/4/2017

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Rob in PA
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Re: Tattoo

Postby Rob in PA » Tue Apr 19, 2016 9:42 am

Not a big fan of tattoos butt, yes you are One Tough Marijuana Farmer!!!!! What? You didn't think I knew what it meant? Lol!!!

Best to ya BB

Rob
dx 11/07 crc IIIb @ 39
Xelox/Rad/ temp colostomy
LAR/J-pouch/ temp ileo
Folfox-8
Failed reversal
2/09 liver mets; liver resect/ileo reversal
Folfiri/Avastin - 12
2/11 5 lung mets
Folfiri/Avastin 2011
SBRT 3/12
Lung met 5/13/ said NO to more chemo
SBRT 8/13
2 lung mets 5/14, VATS 8/14, NED

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Re: Tattoo

Postby Delinda2 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:02 am

Love this idea, although I too don't care for tats. 115 rounds!!! You are OFTFM!
63 yrs,wife & mom
4/14 dx colon cancer,3C,9/22 nodes
Lymphatic,venous,&perineural invasion
<1cm margin,poorly differentiated
6/14 colostomy take down
7/14 FOLFOX w/9 Nulasta shots
2/16 dx new primary of sigmoid colon
6/16 surgery-rescection on sigmoid, total hysterectomy, temp ileo, stage 4
"I AM the storm."

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Re: Tattoo

Postby chrisca » Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:04 am

Check to be sure the size of the tattoo and the location don't affect your ability to receive an MRI scan. I think a few letters is not an issue, but better to check first than to find out later.
Male, false negative colonoscopy age 48
DX: 12/2010 rectal cancer age 51
Stage T3N0M0 2 cm from anal verge
neoadjuvant rad/chemo Xeloda
Rectal resection (open surgery) straight anastomosis
Xeloda round 2
ileostomy reversal 11/2011
Successful adhesion X-lap 8/2013
Ongoing LAR syndrome but NED 10 years

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Re: Tattoo

Postby CRguy » Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:31 am

One Tough Moderator Friend ? :shock:
yeah right :mrgreen:

wear it LOUD 'n Proud buddy
Cheers
CR
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
13 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

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Re: Tattoo

Postby Nik Colon » Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:29 pm

I love tattoos, actually, you can see part of mine in my profile pic. I would love more. As far as the MRI comment, I never had an issue and no Dr ever even commented on it for an MRI.

Found this just now.
http://m.livescience.com/32801-do-mri-m ... ttoos.html

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Re: Tattoo

Postby Willow.NZ » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:27 pm

Awesome!! Certainly fitting after everything you have endured :D
Dad diagnosed Sept 14 Stage IV. Age 57yrs. Transverse colon - spread to Retroperitoneal, Mesenteric & Supraclavicular lymph nodes. Folfiri commenced Sept 14.
April 15 - Bowel resection
August 15, stable scan
Feb 16 - No signs of cancer on scan...stop chemo & scan in 3 month
Scan April 16, Crazy growth to stomach, lymph nodes & multiple mets to liver. Commencing Folfox.
August: chemo not working. Stopped treatment.
September 3rd 2016 peacefully left this earth.

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Re: Tattoo

Postby esscape » Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:21 pm

Hi Brownbagger,
I am a calligrapher and would like to draw those beautiful(!) letters for you:)
Let me know if you are interested.
My Sister dx @ age 36 Ultra Low Rectal Cancer(signet ring cell) November 2015
Finished 5 weeks rad/5FU January 2016
History of Ulcerative Colitis 1998-2008
History of Crohn's Disease 2008
APR surgery April 2016
Permanent colostomy April 2016
Path report: T3N2M0 stage 3c
Started adjuvant chemo Xelox


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