Woman who lost hair to cancer tattoos bare head as ‘f*** you’ to disease

Woman who lost hair to cancer tattoos bare head as ‘f*** you’ to disease

A woman who lost her hair to stage 4 cancer at 25 revealed how she got a tattoo as a "f*** you" to the disease.

Madison Baloy was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma cancer, which forms in the glandular tissue, in March 2023.

She started experiencing stomach aches while at a music concert with pals in June 2022 which lasted for a year.

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Over the course of last year, the former nursery teacher lost 60lbs and her tummy pains became more consistent.

Although she didn't think anything of it at the time, Madison finally went to A&E after feeling nauseous at work.

She was told she might have cancer and underwent a CT scan at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital in the US.

It revealed a cluster of tumours were pushing down on her intestine causing the stomach aches.

After emergency surgery and a biopsy in February 2023, she was diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma cancer.

Her disease can be managed but not cured, so she will be living with it for the rest of her life.

Now in what she describes as a "f*** you" to the disease, Madison got a sun tattoo on her head after losing her hair.

It took an hour to complete which wasn't painful at all.

Madison, from Tampa, Florida, said: "My diagnosis had made me idolise things differently.

"When I first started losing weight, I thought it was God answering my prayers.

"I thought the universe was giving me the perfect body – but I was dying and none of us knew."

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Madison was at Bonnaroo Music Festival, in Tennessee, US, in June 2022, when she started feeling unwell.

While dancing with her friends, she started experiencing stomach aches but put it down to dehydration.

After the festival had finished, Madison continued to experience pain in her stomach – which would come in bursts.

She added: "During President's Day weekend, my stomach aches were there, and I started getting nauseous.

"I went back into school on Tuesday and tried to push through.

"But on Wednesday I got sick and had to call the school nurse who told me to go to urgent care."

After finding out she had cancer, Madison was left devastated.

And due to the nature of her disease, she will never be considered cancer-free, but it can be managed.

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She continued: "It is hard, it is super hard.

"The hardest part is the reality shift I have had but it hasn't got me down as much as I thought it would.

"I am doing chemotherapy every three weeks and it has been working in the sense that it's keeping my cancer at bay."

Now in a bid to not let her illness get in the way of life, Madison got a head tattoo on May 4 this year.

She concluded: "I called my tattoo guy, Nick, and asked about his availability.

"I decided on what I would get the night before, I wanted the sun on my head.

"I don't know where I was coming from, but I wanted to get something happy."

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