Tegan was the first person to tattoo me (and probably the last) and she also inked a giant pin-up girl on the Mister's shoulder. She was one of my bestest childhood friend's girlfriends for a while. She moved a few years ago and I still hear updates on her occasionally from a mutual friend who drives 4 hours to get tattooed by her because she is hands down the best, least painful tattoo artist ever. Like, no cartoon-y cheesy crap, you could seriously hang her artwork up and it would look like something you would find at Anthropologie and want but not be able to afford.
So when her and my childhood friend broke up it got nasty for a while and of course since my friend was my friend I had his back and was on Team Anti-Tegan, which is childish and high-school-mean-girl-y (what?). I said some things I shouldn't have said. And then after all was said and done I felt like a dick - rightly so - and emailed her to apologize. She didn't reply and I probably wouldn't either. Another mutual friend linked me to her blog, and I saw that she had gotten married and had a baby and was total hippie-mama-organic-gardener-co-sleeping-breast-feeding lady. In other words, my kind of chick.
So then I randomly look at her blog one day and the c-word is there. There is a picture of her, dazed and in a hospital bed, after a double mastectomy. She just had another baby, 4 1/2 months ago. She has invasive ductal carcinoma, stage 2. She had to stop breastfeeding her daughter, get a double mastectomy, and then start chemotherapy. She has no health insurance, and since she is self-employed, is not eligible for unemployment or disability. Yeah. And you know what she is thinking about? She set up a breast milk donation page for her daughter, Joslyn, so she will continue receiving breastmilk (which also needs couriers and other kinds of support -https://www.facebook.com/groups/359465547452714/
There are stories on her blog of her daughter crying and rooting around for her breast, while Tegan lets down milk that she can't feed her daughter because she still has radioactive chemicals in her body. She talks about the frustration of not being able to work and make money when she needs to make money to fight her cancer. http://talesofatattoomom.blogspot.com/?m=1
Dudes. Fuck cancer.
Here is her website with a link to a PayPal account that you can donate to, and don't forget to look over her amazing designs - http://www.teganink.com/donation.php
Anything is better than nothing. It will make you feel so good to give sparkly unicorns may fly out of your butt. And if you know anyone in Jersey who could help her out, please spread the word.