Two Tattoos to Transition - Help Lani & Leslie Move On
Organized by: Leslie Wetsch
Asking for funds to pay for tattoos seems frivolous, I know. But please hear me out! LESLIE'S STORY Hi! I'm Leslie Wetsch. On April 29th I had a below-knee amputation of my right leg. This followed 20 years of trying to keep my foot attached to my body. I have a condition called Charcot foot syndrome, which causes the bones and ligaments of the foot and ankle to soften & disintegrate. The amputation was the 13th surgery on my right leg/foot. I've been in rehab and I will be fitted for a prosthesis in the next couple months, and hopefully, will walk again. Though this is really hard - I'm 59 years old & am out of shape from 11 years in a wheelchair! - the hardest part is psychological. I'm having a really difficult time coming to terms with the appearance of my leg now. I can't stand to look at it or touch it. One of my terapists mentioned a patient who had her "stump" tattooed and the idea has taken hold in my imagination. If I can use art to reconnect with this part of my body again, it's a win! Please help! LANI'S STORY My daughter, Lani, is 38 and a new mom to a miraculous baby girl she was never supposed to be able to conceive! She is 3 years out of a very destructive relationship that left emotional scars she's worked very hard to erase. Her problem is a large tattoo dedicated to her ex in a very prominent place that she sees every day. She avoids intimacy because of it and feels held back from pursuing a healthy relationship. Her wish is to cover the existing tattoo with a phoenix rising to symbolize her new life. Please help! Thank you for reading this. Any help is appreciated. We're both looking forward to moving on and putting these difficulties behind us. Thanks again!