Tattoosday 19: Don't Cut the Butterfly

Content warning: The following story contains references to a survivor's experiences with suicidality and cutting, which may be triggering for some readers.

"Don't Cut the Butterfly," Kelly Campbell

When I was 13, I started cutting myself. I was in so much emotional pain because of what I went through when I was younger, & cutting myself was the only way to relieve the emotional pain. It helped me get away. Not only was I cutting myself, I was suicidal too.

For 5 years, I didn't want to see another birthday.
Believe me, I tried, but God had other plans!

When I was 15, my mom found out about my cutting. I told her about the butterfly project & how it helps me, so we went out of town to go shopping & basically have a girls day. She bought a whole pack of markers & drew the butterfly on my arm. (If you've never heard of the butterfly project, it's when you draw a butterfly where you cut & if you cut it dies, if you don't cut it lives.) my mom checked the butterfly everyday to make sure it wouldn't fade. It helped me so much.

I not only looked at it as killing the butterfly, I also looked at it as killing her a little on the inside. So, for my graduation present, we got matching tattoos of the butterfly, & it's helped me ever since. I'm thankful for a mother like mine.

About Tattoosday:

Tattoosday is way to demonstrate the storytelling quality of tattoos as well as the healing quality of tattoos.

If you would like to share the stories behind your ink, send us a picture of a tattoo or tattoos that have a significant story tied to your survival in life. Then write at least 400 words (you can write as many as you'd like) about the tattoo, it's meaning, and what it means to you today.

These stories will all run on Tuesdays!
One per week! So you have plenty of time to submit them to us!

The caveat with TATTOOSDAY is that we will not be making you a free piece of art, instead, your ink IS the art we will share with the story—which makes the most sense. BUT we will send you some stickers for sharing your story with us!

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