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As I was formulating a post about my tattoo, and how diabetes figured into my decision to get one several years ago, it occurred to me that the diabetes/tattoo story is bigger than my personal experience. There are other people out there with diabetes and tattoos (and some of the tattoo images are even diabetes-themed). So, if you have diabetes and a tattoo or you are contemplating one, I might like to interview you. Please contact me by leaving a comment with your email address, below, or write to me at jane [dot] kokernak [at] gmail [dot] com. And diabetic body piercers? I’d like to hear from you, too.

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Image, “New ink,” by Marissa DiFilippo on Flickr via a Creative Commons license.

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Bethania
Bethania
8 years ago

Hi, I’m T1 diabetic and I currently have two tattoos and I’m about to get a diabetic themed one this week. I always forget to wear my emergency bracelet and I fear that one day I’ll get into an accident and I’ll be given regular fluids and killed. I haven’t had any problems with my tattoos healing process or aggravation. Just stay on top of your bloodsugar and follow the tattoo artist’s care directions. 

tattoo Charlotte
8 years ago

 It would be better to seek some medical advice regarding your condition if you have diabetes before having a tattoo. This would be an assurance that the artist will not be held liable in case unexpected complications arise.

Courtney (from the post above)
Courtney (from the post above)
8 years ago

I did get my tattoo btw. If you would like a picture email me letting me know and I’ll send one on over! :)
insanity_rules15@yahoo.com

jenn b
jenn b
9 years ago

i have had type 1 for 31 years (i’ll be 37 friday, if age is a factor in your story), and have 3-1/2 tattoos (i say 1/2 as one was cut through for  surgery and healed all weird. surgery was an apendectomy, not diabetes related.). i have multiple piercings in my ears – one is not standard. i have been thinking about getting a diabetes/medical tattoo on my wrist of late.

Michelle Page-Alswager

Folks, thanks for replying here and to my gmail address. I’ll be getting in touch with commenters over the next week. And more comments are welcome; there’s no deadline for the story yet.

Chris Scully-Brown
9 years ago

I have some holes in my body.  some before some after diagnosis.
Last summer I got a medic-alert tattoo on my wrist.
Contact me if you like!

Courtney
Courtney
9 years ago

I am actually saving up to get a diabetic tattoo. I am T1 and am really over wearing the bracelet. I do have a tattoo from when I turned 19 (I am 22 now) but I wasn’t diagnosed with diabetes until last year, so I dunno if I am what you are exactly looking for.  

Contact me if you would like though! I would be happy to answer any questions you have! insanity_rules15@yahoo.com 

-C

Erin
Erin
9 years ago

I am a type 1 diabetic. I was diagnosed in 1993. I do not have a tattoo, but have always thought that if I did get one (maybe my 40th bday in a year) it would be a medic alert of some shape. Size and location TBD.

Sheri Zimmerman
Sheri Zimmerman
9 years ago

Hey there.  I have been a type 1 for about 32 years. (I am 40 y/o)  I have been contemplating a “diabetes related tattoo”, but have yet to do it.  You can contact me if you want.
smore9564@aol.com
~Sheri

Carla Blumer
Carla Blumer
9 years ago

I don’t have a tat, but my T1 daughter does.  She waited for years to turn 18, then rushed to get a huge one on her side.  It’s about 15 x 8,  from under her breast, over her rib cage down to her hip.  She also has a belly button piercing and several ear piercings…all after her T1 DX.     And just for some additional fun, the guy who did her tat…he’s a T1.

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