Erasing cancer reminders

April 8, 2015

JP Thivierge got in touch to tell us about a new project he’s working on to help cancer survivors in the Ottawa area access free tattoo removal for radiation tattoos. We love seeing these sorts of survivor-driven initiatives, and wanted to make sure you knew about it in case it is helpful for you! Here’s what he had to say:

JP quoteMany of us cancer survivors have faced major life changes – our work, our families, our bodies, and our daily habits are just a few examples of areas where we’ve had to compromise. While some of these changes are temporary, others are permanent. Most of us that have gone through radiation therapy have one permanent mark in common: the radiation tattoos inked on our skin before we began treatment.

For some, these tattoos are a medal of courage. For others, however, they are a painful daily reminder of our cancer experiences. Some survivors choose to have these tattoos removed by laser, and while this is a safe and effective way to erase radiation marks, it can be costly. In response to this issue, I have started a new program in collaboration with the Precision Laser clinic in Ottawa, ON. If you are a survivor with radiation tattoos, they will remove them for free.

Precision Laser offers a state-of-art facility and knowledgeable staff. If you are interested in having your radiation tattoos removed, please contact them directly at 613-695-8818.

I am also interested in expanding this program to other clinics in various Canadian cities that would be willing to participate. Finally, if you are an individual interested in promoting this program in your town, please let me know.

If you would like to get in touch with JP, please email connect@youngadultcancer.ca and we’ll pass along your message!