On June 19th, Cal Poly graduate Madie Johnson took to Instagram to show off her newest tattoo. And not long after sharing the story behind the sentimental piece, her post went viral and the meaning of the ink was shared throughout the world.
"A little over a year ago my Aunt Tina, one of the most amazing, discerning, and healthy people I know had an unexpected cardiac arrest and according to doctors had died and was brought back to life four times by my Uncle Brian and first responders before arriving to the hospital," Johnson shared to Instagram. "She was put on a defibrillator and after miraculously waking up the first thing she did, unable to speak because she was intubated, was ask for a pen and in my cousins journal wrote “it’s real”. The people in the room asked “what’s real?” and she responded by pointing up to heaven with tears in her eyes."
Johnson went on to get the words "It's real" tattooed in her Aunt's handwriting by Los Angeles artist Suede Silver, who's repost of the story has over one million likes. The tattoo has ignited not only conversation, but hope for many questioning life after death.
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