Overcoming Many Obstacles and Extraordinary Loss

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Philip August Lantz IVPhilip August Lantz IV
~For my mom, Adrienne, and my brother, Tristan

My mom and brother passed away, tragically, when I was 12 years old within one month of each other for different reasons. I got this tattoo to commemorate my mom, Adrienne, and my brother, Tristan. They were my world and I loved them dearly. They both passed away tragically, and I love them dearly to this day. I hope they know I love them and I’m doing great now. I’m in college. The tattoo is on my right leg on the outer side. My brother was three years old and he found a fun at my mom’s friends house and shot himself above the left eye. They said when he got to the hospital he was still breathing, but shortly after he passed away. My mom, exactly one month later, with continuing abuse from my step-father at the time, committed suicide by overdosing. I have overcome many obstacles to get where I am today, but I’m a very successful person from it. I now have a full-time job and I’m going to college full time. I’m only 18 and I have never felt more alive and successful than I do today.


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