Unique tattoo helps woman recover from tragedy

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Joan Bremer was almost seven weeks into her first pregnancy when her worse fear was realized.

A doctor told her she was having a miscarriage.

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The medical emergency threw her into a devastating time in her life, but she learned how to cope with a little help from her tattoo.

"For me, all the tattoos I have signify something, and even though this was a painful time, I still wanted to be able to remember it in some way," Bremer told TODAY Parents.

Bremer shared the image on Imgur:

I had a miscarriage two weeks ago....

The photo of the tattoo went viral and sparked conversation among women who have experienced miscarriages.

Bremer told TODAY that she and her husband are still trying to have a baby, and no matter what happens, she will add on to the tattoo.

"If we are able to carry a baby to term and have a healthy child, I will add a rainbow baby to this design since 'rainbow babies' are babies that are conceived after a loss, just like how something beautiful can come after a storm," Bremer said.

"If I end up having a second miscarriage, I will most likely add another heart to this design."

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Though the miscarriage was devastating, Bremer said that talking about the loss was "healing."

"I know there is a certain silence about miscarriages and pregnancy losses, but I am not ashamed that this happened to me," she said.

"That was one of my motivations for getting the tattoo in the first place."

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