My Mother Has a Tattoo: A CMMD & Associates Statement


Dear Patients, My mother has a tattoo. Really. She does. There is a small blue crucifix on the inner aspect of her right wrist. Let me pause here to point out a few things. First of all, my mother is not a “tattoo” person. Secondly, the inner aspect of the wrist is one of the most sensitive areas on the human body. Third, my mom doesn't like needles. All that to say, if my 75 year-old, 100-lb. mom got a tattoo on the inside of her wrist, it means a lot. The cross is a symbol of her Christian faith. In 1969, she and my father emigrated from Egypt to escape the brutal persecution of Coptic Christians. Sadly, when they arrived in the “Promised Land” (Jersey City, NJ) they quickly learned that by im