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Boutique offers tattoos to help cancer patients

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

There's a new type of tattoo parlor in town. So scratch the stereotype of only bikers, babes and rebels getting permanently inked. This crowd is quite different.

You likely won't see a big guy named Gunther hopping on his Harley here at this tattoo parlor. Nope. Here you're more likely to catch a cancer patient or a great grandmother getting "inked."

What could have possibly brought this grandmother here to get a "tat"?

"I was on a pirate ship and they got me (as she mocks a motion of a sword slicing off her breast)," laughs 58-year-old Trish.

Ok that story is a bit of a stretch from reality.

"I just found humor in it but it was really hard," she admits.

The truth is Trish recently had a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. She lost her hair and much more.

"I didn't feel complete after all I've been through. I lost my eyebrows. You look in the mirror and it's just a reminder that you're not complete," Trish explains.

That's where the Houston Wellness Boutique, in Southwest Houston, comes in.

Trish lost her brows after chemo therapy. So we caught up with her at Houston Wellness Boutique getting them tattooed on.

"It makes me feel prettier. It makes me comfortable to go out in front of people. I had a real problem with that," Trish admits.

Terry Tribble is the owner of the boutique.

"We work with cancer patients to find the perfect fit for bras and prosthesis after breast cancer. We also help them with wig fittings. We teach them how to tie scarfs on their head," Tribble explains.

She'll show you, in snap, how to take a hairless head and decorate it beautifully with a hat or scarf.

"My goal is to be able to give back to women, women that not only have breast cancer but women also suffering from hair loss due to overplucking or alapecia.

I wanted to create a business that would make women feel good," says Tribble.

"It's just what I needed and she (Terry Tribble) is such a lovely person. It makes you feel at home and comfortable," smiles 70-year-old Linda Willcox.

Willcox is still undergoing chemo therapy after a breast cancer diagnosis and having a double mastectomy.

"My main goal is to get cured so I can get on with my life," says Willcox.

These ladies tell me part of that healing is laughing and finding a way to look in the mirror and see yourself, not someone sick looking back at you.

"Our goal is to help you feel the way you used to feel," says Tribble.

"I still feel like a woman now. I didn't before," explains Trish.

"It just helps your outlook," says Willcox who already bought a wig from Houston Wellness Boutique.

We caught up with her as she came back to be fitted for a bra and prosthesis. There's a wide range of both to choose from.

"Beautiful," Tribble says as she smiles and takes "after" pictures of Trish's brand new and beautiful brows.

You may not leave the boutique picture perfect but you definitely seem to take away a much improved image of yourself.

Find Houston Wellness Boutique at 2715 Bissonnet Suite #203 (713) 522-7465 or on-line at www.houstonwellnessboutique.com.

It isn't tattoo ink but pigment that's used. So Tribble says that gives a more natural look. You can get your eyebrows tattooed for about $300 or permanent eyeliner starting at $200.

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