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Continued: A Shakopee tattoo artist offers breast cancer survivors the missing piece

  • Article by: KEVYN BURGER , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 30, 2013 - 4:43 PM

Katy Tessman Stanoch met Clawson at a survivor event and got a private peek at Clawson’s finished chest. At the time, Stanoch, who had a double mastectomy on her 40th birthday, was still healing after surgery.

“Bonnie had such beautiful work, so I said, ‘I’ll have what she’s having,’ ” said Stanoch. “The plastic surgeon sculpts you so your silhouette looks good in clothes. The tattoos make me look like myself. A quarter-sized drop of color made a world of difference.”

No matter how realistic, the tattoos are only pigment. They do nothing to replace a woman’s sensation or function.

“My body is never going to be the same, but now it’s closer,” said Clawson. “That’s all I wanted.”

Kevyn Burger is a freelance writer and a newscaster at BringMeTheNews.com.

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