Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Well, two years, one month, and seven surgeries later, I finally received my permanent makeup, or tattoo's if you will. Today is the fifth day with them, and I will tell you this: "Ladies - there is hope in breast reconstruction!!"

Ms. Judy Newdom of Facecrafters in Sarasota, FL, did an absolute superb job. She used a variety of 5 or 6 colors, and the areolas sort of look 3-D. Although I and others who know me know my chest is not my natural born chest, Judy added the final artistic touches and I am very pleased. And get this, the two hours it took her to complete, she did at no cost. Some people are unbelievably giving and she is one of them. Judy is also a survivor and understands the complexities and emotions we go through.

I do not normally advertise for others here, but I am making an exception. Judy Newdom is truly a gift to the breast cancer community she serves. If you or your loved one is looking for areola tattooing or other permanent makeup such as eyebrows, eyeliners, or lip lining, please do yourself a favor and call her first at 941-351-1333. You'll be glad you did.

Thank you, Judy for your dedication to others and for helping me feel like a natural beauty again!


  1. Hi Arla, My name is Liz and I have been following your blog for a while now. I am glad that you are doing a bit better. Your hair has grown out a good amount and you look healthier and happier than in the previous few months. Congratulations on your graduation and I hope the cruise does you some good. That said, since your blog is a great resource for someone going through cancer I wanted to reach out to you to see if you were interested in a new online social support network (that I am the community manager of!) called I Had Cancer. It is a new and free social support network focused on connecting people based on experiences with cancer so that they can easily communicate with one another and share information. I would love to tell you more if you are interested, so please let me know! Because I was so struck by your writing I would love to send you an early-access pass with extra invites for others you may know going through this journey.

    Either way, thank you so much for your writing. Take care and best regards.
    If anyone would like info please email me.

  2. Stories like yours remind everyone that sometimes it’s not about vanity, or just looking good. Sometimes it’s also about feeling like a complete human being again. There are cosmetic procedures that can help, and yes, tattooing, or permanent makeup, is definitely one of them. If it will make you happy, and if you can afford it, then it’s perfectly fine to go ahead with the procedure. Congratulations on winning your battle with cancer, and it’s great to hear you’re happy with your results.

  3. I’ve read through your other entries and I can’t help but be inspired by story. Every woman deserves to feel better about herself, and having permanent make up is one way to do it. I can see that you’re very much embracing life and trying to experience everything. That’s very good. I hope to see more positive stories from you. =