Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Oh, no you're not, young lady!

So here's what I've been thinking about for the past couple of days.

A nipple tattoo.

Stay with me.

When Rhett and I went in for my surgery consult, the CNP (certified nurse practitioner) showed us a picture of a woman who had had a uni-lateral mastectomy (the picture was only from neck down and ribs up).

What was startling to me was not the lack of the breast so much as the lack of the nipple.

I haven't researched if a nipple could be reconstructed, but I gotta' believe it can't be done.

So, that leads me to....

A nipple tattoo.

Here's the catch. I'm LDS (member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...crickets....yes, Mormon!) and our last president (my favorite so far, though I've only been a member for the duration of only 2 presidents), the venerable Gordon B. Hinckley, counseled the members to not get tattoos. The reasoning was along the lines of your body is a creation of God, beautiful as is, don't mar it with ink, etc.

I am on board (no offense if you sport a tattoo). First, because when I converted, I promised to honor the prophets' counsel (by the way, our presidents are also prophets) because I believe by doing so I will be blessed, protected, and happy.

So far, so absolutely good.

Second, I was never into tattoos. Frankly, I am surprised as all get-out that I made it through the latter half of my second decade on earth without one. No doubt the only reason was that there was not a tattoo parlor in walking distance of Water St. in Kent, Ohio, where I matriculated (go look it up; I'll wait).

Water St. was where most of the bars near Kent State University were. I think. I can't really remember. 'Nuff said.

(Disclaimer: I converted when I was 32 and graduated college when I was WAY younger than that. Jumping on the wagon was one of THE best things I've ever done, and I have the Church to thank for that. Best 3-step program ever--1. Faith 2. Repentence 3. Baptism). And all the meetings I could ever hope for. No coffee, though.)

Anyway, back to that nipple tattoo. Tthanks for staying with me.

So, I am left wondering, would a nipple tattoo really count as a tattoo or is it more like, well, reconstruction? Honestly, I am not looking for a way around the prophet's counsel; I am seriously wondering.

And Aunt Piddy, aren't you glad I didn't post any pictures with this entry?!


  1. Well, I have a tattoo, so you know how I feel about these issues. I think you have to do what's right for you! One could ask, is it honoring or dishonoring God to try to restore a part of your body that had to be removed. Would it be wrong to have a prosthetic leg? But if it's something that would bother you to do, then don't do it. It's a lot to think about, no doubt. I am not sure what I would do!


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