In what is officially one of the most inspiring things we’ve heard all week, this woman covered up her double mastectomy scars with a Wonder Woman tattoo. It’s like levels of being a badass.
Stephanie Kelly is a 42-year-old mom of four who watched her mom battle breast cancer twice, so she decided to do a test for the BRCA1 gene mutation to see if she was likely to develop breast cancer herself. When the test came back positive, Kelly decided to take action and get a double mastectomy.
And because her friends and family truly recognized what a badass Kelly was, they showered her with Wonder Woman-themed gifts during her recovery. Kelly then decided to take things a step further and got a tattoo of Wonder Woman, along with imagery of a phoenix, over her scars. Jamie Epsy, a tattoo artist at Lovely Monkey in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, helped her come up with the perfect design.
She added that she sees the tattoos as more than a “cover up” for her scars. “I have this image of strength, power and fearlessness across my chest and that continues to build me up. I see my scars now as entirely positive,” she said.
Kelly also said that her health issues and having watched her mom fight cancer have given her a lot of perspective. Despite her body image issues, she noted that — like so many women — she loved her breasts. “I liked the way they made me look and I loved that they had fed my four children as babies. But when I put those feelings up against the fear I had of getting sick, needing chemotherapy, not being able to care for my family or worse, it really seemed to be a small sacrifice.”
Here’s to Kelly and all the other badass women out there fighting cancer. They’re the real-life superheroes.