How Tattoos May Save Lives In The Future

How Tattoos May Save Lives In The Future

In 1979, I nearly finished with my hubby to be when he had a tattoo.. I really hated them!! I did eventually recover from the sight of his tattoo although I continued to ‘give him grief’ for a long LONG time and never, never NEVER did I think I’d ever consider having one myself and certainly not at the age of 56.

How times change though and yet another reminder that maybe I should ‘never say never’!!

Over the years, I’ve ‘softened’ my view about other people’s tattoos – it would be difficult not to wouldn’t it ,as I’m sure the majority of younger people now have at least one tattoo. So when my son presented his first tattoo last week, The Manchester Bee, which he had done in memory of those who’d lost their lives in the Manchester Bomb, I really had to admire him rather than ‘dislike’ the tattoo… My mind is now more open!

Science and the great NHS have already provided life saving opportunities for Jenny (my daughter in law) when she was able to have a double mastectomy just 6 months ago as preventative surgery having found out that she had an 80% chance of getting breast cancer. That risk has now been reduced to less than 5%..

I was so so proud of my son and daughter in law when they ran together in the Great Manchester Run just 1 week after the horrific Manchester Bomb.. They are truly an inspirational couple. How could I possibly ‘criticise’ his new tattoo….

Now though, tattoos are being taken to the next level and having just read this article, I may have to re-consider my view completely.

Maybe I will have a tattoo after all, if it can be used to monitor my blood sugar level. What do you think?

As a type 2 diabetic, I’ve managed to control my diabetes with a low carb diet and have avoided the need to take any medication. I don’t ‘test’ my own blood though and it would be really helpful if I could see that my blood sugar was too high or too low with the new ‘colour changing’ tattoo ink.

There are many times in life when I’ve said “I’ll NEVER… ” only to be forced to change my mind down the line. Yep – I definitely need to heed this lesson and keep my options open.. Who knows what exciting, fun things I could open my mind to.

Now all I have to do is decide what ‘picture’ to have on my tattoo .. oh and where to locate it! haha…






  1. June 13, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    Yes, things certainly have changed in the medical arena. How proud you must be of them both. I used to absolutely hate tatoos as well but now, and I really can’t say why, I do not. I would not want to be covered with them, but the thought of a nice little butterfly or a pretty flower on my ankle (to accompany me everywhere I go) aren’t so bad….<3

    • Wendy
      June 14, 2017 / 4:09 pm

      Yes Karen.. I’m really proud of them.. Jen particularly after her double mastectomy only 6 months ago, to run this race is just.. “WOW!”.. I’m the same.. I’ve definitely ‘softened’ my view of tattoos from when I was 18.. Sneakily I quite like some.. I just don’t admit it to hubby! haha xx

  2. June 13, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    What incredible people your son and daughter-in-law are! The tattoo has great meaning which is very endearing. Fascinating about the medical use of tattoos, I had no idea! Thank you for sharing, Wendy!

    • Wendy
      June 14, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      Thanks so much Victoria.. yes they really are a lovely and special couple of people in my life! It’s great how so many people had those little ‘bees’ tattooed, to raise funds for those who lost love ones etc. in the Manchester Bomb.. the Tattoo artists donated all the money for the bees to charity! xx

  3. June 13, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Things have certainly changed haven’t they? I gave up judging a long time ago. And yes, your son and daughter in law are truly inspiring. Great post Wendy xo

    • Wendy
      June 14, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks Miri… Just got back home after the funeral yesterday and all went as well as it could… Busy sorting out last minute bits for holiday now – can’t wait! Hope you’re ok and getting through your planning too.. xxx

      • June 14, 2017 / 10:05 pm

        Glad it went okay Wendy, I’ve been thinking of you. Now it’s count down time till your holiday. xo

        • Wendy
          June 15, 2017 / 7:49 am

          Thanks Miriam.. Yep – can’t wait!! I hope your arrangements are coming along well too! xx

          • June 15, 2017 / 1:56 pm

            They are Wendy. Just super busy and lots of dramas along the way. xo

          • Wendy
            June 16, 2017 / 8:42 am

            Well I can’t wait to hear all about your ‘journey’ when your ready to share! Good luck Miri!! xx

          • June 16, 2017 / 11:27 am

            Thanks Wendy. Hopefully things will settle down soon and we can have a proper catch up. Hugs xo

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