To all of those people out there that simple hate tattoos and think they are a disgrace to your body, should listen up. A very lucky woman named Hailey Melnyk, may beg to differ. When Haliley was 18 years old she did what most 18 year olds do, she went and got a tattoo. Hailey had just finished an incredible journey through United States and Europe and to mark this great experience in her life she decided to get two swallows tattooed on her hips. Hailey decided to get these two swallows because of the old sailor’s tradition. Sailor’s got swallows tattoos on them symbolizing the crossing of two oceans.
The very next day, Hailey was having trouble breathing and noticed that her lymph nodes on her thighs were starting to become inflamed. Hailey went to the doctor immediately. And much to her dismay she had some tests done and found out that she had an advanced case of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hailey has those two swallows to thank for saving her life. It turns out that the stress of getting a tattoo actually helped her cancer manifest itself, otherwise she would have continued going on with her life and would never have known anything was wrong until it was too late.
Hailey truly is thankful to her tattoos and is glad that she got them when she did.
“The (tattoos) were really something that really changed my life, both for the good and the bad. They were definitely the starting point of my new life … I just always wanted to testify my life on my body at that point.”
Hailey is now 25 years old and is cancer free. She has spent nearly 70 hours and $15,000 covering her thankful body in tattoos.
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