Ms. April, Meghan Haarmann
“Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.” -Annie Gottlieb
Two weeks before she learned she had stage II breast cancer, Meghan adopted a Rotty Rescue puppy she named Tonka. After her double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, she went for a drive with Tonka who promptly jumped from her moving Jeep Wrangler. As a result of the fall, Tonka required the amputation of her right front leg.
On Meghan’s forearm, she proudly exhibits body art of a koi. “Sometimes, it seems like you’re continuously swimming against the current. In Eastern cultures, when a koi reaches the top of a waterfall, it becomes a dragon representing new life and rebirth.”
While Meghan and Tonka have suffered, both have reached the top of the waterfall. It’s not coincidental one of Meghan’s refrains is also prominently displayed in the form of body art, “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for the journey.”