Mindful Mondays#12 : Daring to get a tattoo

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Dear purple butterflies,

I would very much like your advice! Within the past couple of years, I’ve been struggling with whether or not to get another tattoo. To explain my dilemma, let’s go back to a sunny day when I was living in Orlando, Florida. Keep in mind, this was years before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I impulsively got my first tattoo that afternoon. When the tattoo artist began working on my ankle, I began to wonder what I had gotten myself into! Even back then my pain threshold was not very high. Once the initial shock was over, it was a pretty cool experience. I loved watching him create my Rebel Alliance tattoo. For those of you who aren’t into Star Wars, the Rebel Alliance is a symbol for the good guys. But I digress! It wasn’t long after that; I was told tattoos can be addictive. By then I was already diagnosed with Fibro, but felt it was too late to get another tattoo. When my mother died five years ago, I considered getting one in honor of her. My husband and I have thought about getting matching tattoo rings for our anniversary. Another idea that crossed my mind was getting a tattoo to celebrate Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. The tattoo, of course, would be a purple butterfly! Ultimately, it’s been my fear and pain that has stopped me.

Purple butterflies aren’t very common. In fact, you will not find a lot of stories about them. The purple butterfly has many meanings and symbolisms. In my first blog, I spoke about the meaning of the color. “Purple has always been a color associated with royalty and wealth. Seeing a purple butterfly may indicate that an important person may soon make an appearance in your life.” Spirituality is also strongly associated with the color purple. What if I have a spasm during the process this time? Would my medication be enough to get me through it? God willing, come this September 2nd ,I will have a device in me that will control the pain. As far as getting the tattoo is concerned, the device might be a game changer for me. It is supposed to allow me to do things I once was able to do. These thoughts that have been traveling through my mind.

I found an article, Can I get a tattoo even though I have Fibromyalgia? on that has answered a few questions. I also had a giggle when I noticed the subtitle: “Be prepared for pain.” I couldn’t have said it better, Adrienne Dellwo. Knowing this information brings it all full circle. The only sad thing is if I wanted to get another tattoo, I am not sure if I could! Do any of you have an opinion about getting a tattoo? Do you have a tattoo yourselves, or know anyone with chronic pain/fibro who does? I would love to hear back from you! Please leave your comments down below!

Please continue to stay safe purple butterflies!

Till next Monday!

Be well!

~ Rachel

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