Susan discusses her solution to living without nipples.
After I had my reconstruction, I still did not have nipples. So I have got breasts, but no nipples and before I had my mastectomy, I had researched, you know, what are people doing? How do they handle this? And one situation is your doctor can reconstruct the nipple, and they take skin, and I do not know, but somehow they make a nipple, but the down side to that is that it stays hard all the time and that is not the greatest thing. Especially after you go through all this, you can go braless all the time, and that gets really nice in the 100 degree heat. So, anyway, I did not really want to do that, and I was just reading again on message boards and websites and just it is so helpful to hear other women, their perspective, in what they are choosing to do and why and just to be able to think about how you can make your own decision. And I heard about these tattoos, and what they are is they are like a 3-D tattoo, and women will have a nipple tattooed onto their breast and it, you know, visually looks like a real nipple, but it is flat. So you can still go braless or, you know, you just do not have to worry about that. So that was what I wanted to do. So when the time came, my doctor asked me, you know, if I wanted to have the reconstructive nipple surgery, and I said that I wanted to do the tattoo, and he gave me a referral to a woman named Rochelle Hall. And this is kind of funny because a lot of people asked me, a lot of my friends said, oh, my gosh! You are going to get a tattoo like, where do you go for that? Like the local tattoo parlor? So it was kind of funny because you really, I mean until I did this, you know, I did not know, like, who does something like that, and it is a permanent makeup artist. Rochelle is a permanent makeup artist, and that is who does tattoos for women with mastectomies.
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