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The Day I Broke Free by EightyEightDoodles The Day I Broke Free by EightyEightDoodles
I am not my reproductive capacity. Iím a person, not a person factory. I am not a slave to the role others would impose upon my. My life is my own. My body is my own.

When I was 22, I had a tubal ligation. As I remember it, waking up from the surgery in the recovery room, being told all went well with no complications, lifting my gown and looking at the two bandage pads on my abdomen was one of the happiest moments of my life. Even though I was still in a haze of anesthesia at the time, I remember that. I felt like I'd just been granted some sort of super-power, only instead of being bullet-proof, I was made baby-proof. I look at the life I have now, and I know that it would not be the same were I childed. In fact, I would be miserable and probably poor. Instead, I have happiness. What's more, I have a future that I would not otherwise have. Because of my tubal, that future is now protected. I'm safe. I'm free. My proof is two small scars on my abdomen. They're tiny. Barely visible. Yet their impact is huge.

Edit:
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antareya Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only regret I didn't have this done much, much sooner. I don't regret for a second either. 
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snowpuff77 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) One day, this will be me too...
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
:clap::clap::clap:
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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Itoruna-The-Platypus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
Ouch. I respect your decision, but it sounds painful.
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, it wasn't so bad. I had an airbubble in my abdomen for a few days that didn't quite get along with me, but that went away after a few days. I never needed my vicodin. 
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Itoruna-The-Platypus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
Don't the scars hurt? And what does anesthesia feel like?
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:iconeightyeightdoodles:
EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. My scars are tiny and barely visible. There are two, but I can only find one. It looks like I just had a pierced belly-button. It's not like they have to give you a cesarean. And they never hurt one bit. They itched after a few days until the scabs came off. Anesthesia just feels like being very sleepy. 
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Itoruna-The-Platypus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Filmographer
I'm still a scaredy baby, even though I turned 17 on the first.
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask where do you live? I live in Brazil and here it's forbidden to have a tubal ligation before the age of 25 (I turned 20 this week).
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I live in the US. Are you sure tubals are illegal before 25?
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I am sure. I want to have one since I'm 16 and have been researching since them. Did you get yours through public health system or did you have to pay a huge amount of money for it?
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neither. I was in the Army at the time. The Army pays all medical expenses. 
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lucky you =)
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. A Shame about the stupid laws you're stuck with. 

Could you possibly travel abroad to get fixed? 
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am coming to US in september, more specifically to NY. I've heard of a friend of mine who lives in US that the US law only allows tube tying when the person has already has 3 kids, but she lives in Texas so I have no idea how that would be in NY.

Even if I can fix it, I feel bad about all the women who won't be able to because of those insanely moralist laws which keeps them stuck...
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm talking to another CF person from Brazil named ~Carolzilla . Maybe you two should get in touch. 
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is anything being done to challenge the laws?
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learningtodraw1989 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I love this! <3
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Sadistic-Siren Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
LOVE IT!
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:iconrosenbraut:
Rosenbraut Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Absolutely intense. I love everything about it. The idea, symbolism, message and execution. You're a heroine!
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. I'm planning on re-making this some day, but I'm mostly satisfied with this for now.
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Rosenbraut Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
It's damn good already.
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:iconbrayyker:
Brayyker Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Powerful, and beautiful! Well done!
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)

I'm planning to re-make this some day.
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IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Yaaaay!! It's in the group!

Fantastic piece btw! :D
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Should I let you know when/if I have more CF art?
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IronBatMaiden91 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Yep! Definitely! And feel free to put it in the group
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nuclear-metallity Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Arrrrgh! I'm agree ;) I've drawn something like this but in much brutal way, you can look at it in my profile =)
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Irkis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Great drawing =) I love how you expressed the idea.
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HeartbeatsnSteths91 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
OMG I had a similar idea to this drawing!! Except the character would be flying away with a broken chain and the mombies would try to grab her, but she gets away.
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EightyEightDoodles Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was originally going to have a woman standing with the chain broken and her arms spread out in elation, but I kept being reminded of He-Man shouting "I HAVE THE POWEEEER!!!" o.O
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HeartbeatsnSteths91 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
LOL
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