Please note: I am not a doctor or a medical professional. You should talk to your doctor before getting a tattoo if you are on immunosuppressants.
I have gotten one tattoo while on Humira. I plan on eventually getting more. I haven’t yet because tattoos cost money and I have bills to pay, unfortunately! The only thing I have noticed about the healing process while being on Humira is that my tattoo actually healed a little slower than normal. I got three tattoos before I was ever diagnosed with IBD so I have a pretty good idea of how long my body takes to heal after getting one.
I did not actually talk to my doctor about getting a tattoo while on immunosuppressants. I did some research online and I figured that if I went to a good, clean, reputable tattoo shop that I would be fine. I followed my artists care instructions and I made sure to keep my tattoo covered up with long sleeves while I was at work. I had no problems with it healing thankfully.
WEGO Health: What is an item you have kept with you that reminds you of an important time in your life? Whether it was a good day, a stressful time, or a happy moment… why does this item remind you of that period of your life?
I tend to collect tattoos. Those are what I get to remember important times. Or things that I have overcome. My favorite tattoo is my Lotus Flower Phoenix tattoo. It represents my journey and battle with IBD. I got it to remind myself to be brave. And that I’m not my disease no matter how much I feel like I am.
I got the second session done on my tattoo this weekend! I’m super happy with how it’s looking so far. I have another session in a couple of months. I’m not sure if that’ll be the last one or if I’ll have one more than that. If anyone is wondering the meaning behind my tattoo here is my first blog post about it.
This is the first session of my phoenix lotus flower tattoo. I decided to get it to help remind myself that I am not my disease and that I need to rise above it. Granted, anyone with an IBD knows that it’s not always that easy but to be it’s definitely worth reminding myself of that. It also represents finally having some answers to what’s going on with my body. Especially since it took three years to get some semblance of an idea what’s going on. We still don’t have all the questions answered but we’re slowly getting there.
My next session won’t be for a couple of months. I definitely plan on getting some color into it then. Has anyone else ever gotten ink for their IBD?