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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 5/30/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey.  So, I am really looking forward to having my arm, shoulder and ankle glamourized with gorgeous tattoos...these areas are where my scars are located from my staph infections and open wounds.  My ankle is actually representing the one on my heel, which is still sore and not fun to have. 
Anyway, I've also been pondering the idea of having tattoos on my tummy.  Or maybe a back piece? 
I just want to mention that all the tattoos going on my arm, shoulder and ankle will be just a lighter tone than my skin color...I don't necessarily want them obvious, just something to make me feel better about my experiences.  They're going to be scrolling and very feminine.
My brother's designing my tats...maybe I'll have him make me a pretty phoenix. 
Do any of you have tattoos? 
Lets do some tat talk!  : )
: )  Robin
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
No tats for me - I'm a wimp! I guess just leary of getting an infection from them. I live in a college town, and there is sure NO shortage of tatoo salons around here.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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Total Posts : 367
   Posted 5/31/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always secretly wanted one, but the permanency of it is what scares me. I keep thinking, what's that going to look like when I'm 60? If I did get one it would be small, feminine, and only where my husband could see it. I doubt I'll be getting one though. Good luck to you, I bet they'll be beautiful!
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
Still adjusting to life without my large intestine...
The whole world is at your feet; so paint your toenails Red!

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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   

I have two tatoos and each have meaning. I got a sun on my lower back with a very personal message inside it that I drew when I was 18, this one is in memory of my best friend that passed away and only I know what it really means. The second one is a set of angel wings on my lower neck/upper back for each of mypatients that I have lost to cancer and related issues. They are all such beautiful angels and it reminds me of them all each day......I love tatoos and I love them to have meaning. I would like to get another for all of this I have gone through....I am Italian/Lebanese for I was thinking maybe when I can learn to love me again and life again I may get "bella vita" for beautiful life somewhere on me :) but I want to believe it before I imprint ot on me forever.....


Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009 and eremgency ileostomy 4/13
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering woth abdominal abscesses out 4/24
Cleveland Clinic May 27 for poss. K pouch with Dr. Remzzi
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"

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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 629
   Posted 5/31/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
No tats on me either, although I've always thought about getting a couple...I just can't seem to make my mind up on what I want exactly lol

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 5698
   Posted 5/31/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   

I have one on my abdomen that indicates I am colon and rectumless.  My surgeon and doctors love it!


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 5/31/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
i dont have any, i got one of those henna ones on my ankle at the beach and liked it, but i wouldnt want one permantly, like someone said, i dont wanna see that when i am 90!
Plus i have no idea what i would get either, lol.
My husband has a sun on his ankle and what i call a psycho penguin on his stomach (its really the UNCW mascot, he was a swimmer there) and he is wanting to get rid of them now.
Some people have the weirdest stuff though, i think if you are gonna get one you have to get something that isnt off the wall crazy. I had a boyfriend who had a desert road on his back. Now that was just odd

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1118
   Posted 5/31/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, yes i have one just above my left boob of a rose and scroll with husbands name in it, when i picked the design it was quite small  but as my husbands name is Graham it was made bigger to fit his name in!!! It was hell having it done. He better not ever divorce me!!!! Bev x

Diagnoised with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993
In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma
 No maintance drugs as such on B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide 20mg  EScitalopram 4 anxiety.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 511
   Posted 5/31/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing you guys! 
I do have one already too.  It COULD be noted as a tramp stamp, as it is in the small of my back...super typical...I know.  At the time I was a follower not a leader...but oh how times have changed!  Anyway, it's of a beautiful spirally heart that I designed and a good friend of my brother's did the tattoo.  However, my skin did not take the colors we originally used, so I had another artist freehand around it and fill it all in with black.  I still love it.  : )  The best part of the original experience is that my ex-boyfriend was with me and was being an ass about my complaints of the pain, so my friend jabbed him in his upper arm with the gun.  : )  He will forever have a purple dot b/c of that.  : ) 
I'm going to admit something...for those of you scared about the permanency of a tattoo...
YOU ARE HILLARIOUS!!!!  Really?!  : )  Do you ever wonder what it'll be like having your stomas when you're 90?  : )  You all crack me up!!!! 
Seriously though, I do understand.  I'm just very motivated to have mine done b/c one scar is on my right bicep, another on the back of my right shoulder (right where the bra strap goes) and the one on my right heel really was some of the worst pain I have felt.  My infections were caused from having a poor immune system, which was caused from the Prednisone and Remicaid.  Those months that I suffered those open wounds, were the worst days of my life.  I tear up just thinking about it.  I only wish I could see it all as a bad dream, but I am reminded of that pain every time I glance at my arm.  The UC thing I can handle, but the problems the medications caused me are more difficult to deal with.  How can something that is supposed to help you cause so much heartbreak and trauma?  I think that by getting these tattoos it's my way of having the final say and making the best darn lemonade from these ridiculous lemons.
: )  Robin
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown

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