Inked Girls: Mylee Cardenas
Myself in a sentence: I am a very Strong willed person very hard headed. My life is proof of how hard-headed I am. I am a single mom and I have been in the Military 11 years. I have loved every second of my career especially the last year because I was part of a group of females that had been selected to do a new job overseas. I had the rest of my life and career planned out until I returned home from deployment last March and was diagnosed with stage 3 Breast Cancer. Ever since that day have been pushing myself to rise above all this. I found the mass while I was deployed but figured it wasn't anything serious so I stayed so I could finish out my rotation. My life has changed so much within the last year but I am still the same person just missing a few pieces. :] After 26 weeks of Chemotherapy I had a bilateral Mastectomy and partial hysterectomy, following all that I had 8 weeks of radiation 5 days a week. I am still awaiting reconstruction [Aug] so right now I have these rock hard [huge] tissue ex-panders that look like porn star boobs only nipple-less. Yes I said it I have no nipples until reconstruction :] Hows that for a great conversation piece? Despite all this mess I have learned to accept the things I cannot control and fight for the things I can like my physical fitness. Staying physically fit has been my sanity because if I couldn't workout I am sure that I would not be as positive about things. I have been focused on challenging myself.I ran my first marathon while going through chemo and I am now training for my first figure competition. I have always dabbled a bit in modeling but due to my Military obligation I have not seriously pursued it. I am on my way out of the Military and I am not sure what the future holds for me but I am excited to start this new life and I am fighting hard to get my cancer free. I hope that I can motivate people that are going through rough times to just keep pushing. We can make it through anything as long as we keep pushing
The design and themes of my tattoos: lettering,skulls,military,pin-ups,memorial
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: My Back piece is one of my favorite because it signifies my belief in myself. People let you down all the time and sometimes they are not there to watch your back. I had to learn the hard way that all I needed to do was believe in myself that no matter what I am going through I can make it. When I was younger I used to be told a lot that I didn't have a spine or I was weak those words stuck with me until I realized that it was all crap. The tattoo is some skulls one big one and a bunch of smaller ones. I call them my dudes that watch my back. I went to my artist with the idea and he captured exactly what I wanted. The skulls "eyes" feel like they are looking at everything.
My next tattoo: My next tattoo was one my ex-husband designed. It is a tribal style lower back [I know typical right] tattoo with a Bacardi bat in the middle and My daughter's name and date of birth above and below it.