I honestly thought that no one was going to notice that I got a new tattoo.
But they did.
A lot of people have asked me about it and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to talk about it. This past weekend, Golden Spike Tattoo in Ogden had a charity event to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. So why did I get a tattoo in support of Planned Parenthood and why is it important for me to talk about?
I’m glad that you asked.
When I was 20, I had no health insurance due to a preexisting kidney condition. I was a broke college student who waited tables. I had no real job, no insurance, no money. But what I DID have was a lump in my left breast. Doctor after doctor turned me away, refusing to screen me for cancer…much less treat me. I was scared, in pain, and alone with nowhere to turn.
As I walked into Planned Parenthood for my screening, crying and shaking with fear, a man spit on me and told me that I was going to Hell.
I ended up having a non-cancerous cyst, but still one that was so large and painful that it needed removal.
When I was 24, I spent five months wrecked by excruciating pain, vomiting, and almost nonstop bleeding. Doctor after doctor told me I was “overreacting” and that I was “too young” to be spending so much time at the doctors’ office.
Defeated, I turned to the one place I knew that someone would believe me when I said that something was wrong with my body.
The nurse practitioner that I saw at Planned Parenthood wrote me a referral to a specialist since I hadn’t been able to see one without a referral, and I had three cysts removed from my ovaries before being placed on hormonal therapy that has kept me from having any cysts since.
I stand with Planned Parenthood because I fully believe in a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, but that’s not my personal story.
I choose to support Planned Parenthood for more than that. I stand with Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood has always stood by me.