I just got a beautiful tattoo on the inside of my wrist late last week. Here’s a picture.

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Why the butterfly?

From Fibro Daily: Because the impact of Fibromyalgia can be felt in major ways, no matter how small or light. The lightest touch of a butterfly could cause massive repercussions for a Fibromyalgia patient. Most Fibromyalgia patients are women. Hugging your child can cause intense pain.

So what about the purple ribbon in the middle? Does every disease and its brother use a purple ribbon? Well, yes. But here’s why, from Deb Devlin Design:  This color is a symbol of pancreatic cancer, domestic violence, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn’s disease and colitis, Alzheimer’s, rett syndrome, cystic fibrosis, lupus, fibromyalgia & epilepsy, chronic urticaria (hives), Chiari malformation

Why aren’t there any words?

I haven’t decided if they’re necessary, that’s why. If I did get words, I’d love them to be:

Fate said to me: You cannot withstand the storm.
I said: I am the storm.

But that’s an awful lot of words, so who knows?

Let’s get back to why I got the tattoo in the first place. Right off the bat, I should tell you I didn’t do this for anyone else. I did it for me. Even when my flaring is at its worst, my arm is still attached (hopefully) and I can look down on it, remembering that I have a 100% success rate when it comes to getting through these flares.

I wanted something simple, yet beautiful. I think Tom over at Redhouse Tattoos did a great job and I highly recommend him for anyone looking to get ink done.

Do you have a tattoo for personal reasons? Do you talk about it or why you have it? Tell me in the comments section!

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