Faces of the City
In the HOAA photo, Rothe holds out her arm, displaying an "I love you" tattoo over her wrist. The handwritten message was scanned from a journal her mother kept from the time she was pregnant with Rothe up until she was three. She says she placed the tattoo on her wrist because as a young teen she would cut herself there.
Although Campbell didn't share every detail of Rothe's story on HOAA, she says initially she was nervous about the post. "I want to take good care of the people who tell me their story," she says, and the serious subject matter combined with the possibility of negative commenters made her wary. But she says she's "so happy for Kelly" and the positive responses she's received-and she likes that HOAA gave her a platform to reach out to others. "This might help someone else to be brave-and maybe not just about cancer, but about how they navigate in the world," Campbell says.
"I feel so lucky to have this [HOAA] project ... sometimes it's so silly-and sometimes it's serious," Campbell says. "But that's life, right?" -S.D.
[Originally published in December, 2013.]