Tara Dunsmore

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: North Carolina
Cancer: Breast

"And today, I wouldn't trade my life for any other road I could have chosen to travel. I am right where I belong."

I was 39 when they told me I had breast cancer. Surely, they had me confused with someone else. I had no family history, I couldn’t feel any lumps. After my bilateral mastectomy, reconstruction and painful experience with areola tattooing, I made a decision. I was going to train with an expert instructor. Yep, formally trained as a nurse I traded one needle for another. I knew this was my purpose, my gift, my answer to “why me”. April 2014 I founded Pink Ink Tattoo. My company has now expanded nationally, I travel to reach survivors who may not be able to reach me. I work alongside many wonderful plastic surgeons. I feel the power to survivor-ship starts within ourselves. I give back every chance I can to help women hurting just like I did. Today I have the opportunity to give survivors that finishing touch to the long and emotional journey breast cancer, restoring their confidence and helping them feel whole again. The most amazing thing throughout this journey is I have learned my second act in life can be far more important than your 1st, but it has to be up to you as to how that can be. I’m a nurse, a mom, a wife, a kidney donor (yes, I donated my kidney along the way), a certified areola 3D tattoo artist. Most of all, I am a survivor. And today, I wouldn’t trade my life for any other road I could have chosen to travel. I am right where I belong.