Cartersville, Texas (AP) When his arm tattoo popped up in the bathroom, Matt Smith’s mom thought he was sick.
The tattoo was a reminder of his past, the scars from a childhood fight and a life on the streets.
Now, after being diagnosed with Stage 4 glioblastoma, the teen wants to go home to the community where he grew up.
The tattoos were just reminders, Smith said.
He has a tattoo that says, “I’m going to be a better man.”
But he wants to move on.
He knows he has to make the tough decisions for himself and his family.
“You know, I want to get it off of me,” Smith said, his voice cracking.
“But at the same time, you know, they’re going to have to make a choice.”
The tattoo on Smith’s arm has been there since he was 13.
It’s a reminder to be strong and get through whatever life throws at you.
He’s been through a lot of hardship and he’s not afraid to let his hair down and wear jeans.
But Smith still needs help with his daily routine.
When he comes home, he has a plan for what to eat, where to go to the movies, what to do and what he’ll wear.
For the past two years, Smith has been getting a facial tattoo to help with the process.
But he also wants to get a tattoo to make sure his face stays in the public eye.
“If it’s on my face, then it’s not on my back,” he said.
“So it’s up to me to make it clear that this is something that I need to do.”
A student with Stage IV glioma in Texas.
AP photo Smith said he had to choose between living in the community and not getting any help.
He said the community around his home in southwest Texas is pretty tough.
There are drug dealers and there are homeless people.
But the most important thing is for him to get his face covered up, and to not worry about it.
Smith said he’s glad he has the option to keep the tattoo and not go through with it.
But when it comes to getting the treatment, he’ll have to wait.
More than 40 percent of patients with Stage III gliomas have the skin around their eyes removed.
That means the patient can see only with a special lens that covers the iris and pupil.
Patients who have to get their own eyeglasses have to wear them with the rest of their face covered, and patients with diabetes can have their eyes replaced.
Smith also has to deal with being a teenager, and that has not gone unnoticed by his parents.
“They’re the ones that make me get up at 4 a.m. to go do this, and then they’ve got to go back to work at 9 a.k.,” he said of his parents, who live in a small community in Texas called the Gulf Shores.
But they know that, like most teens, Smith wants to make his own life.
“I love my mom,” he explained.
“She’s a big supporter.
She’s been a big advocate for me.”
Smith has an uncle who is an Army veteran and a cousin who has spent his entire life in the military.
His mother said she was worried about how to handle the situation for her son.
“He has a lot going on in his life, and she’s just been supportive,” she said.
“It’s just going to take time,” she added.
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She now has to move into a homeless shelter in southwest Austin.
She said she’s been able to stay in touch with her son and his parents because she doesn’t have to go anywhere else.
It’s been tough for Matt, his father said.
But, he added, he’s thankful for the support his mother has given him.
When he was a kid, Matt had an uncle in the Army who was a Vietnam veteran.
Matt said his uncle had a tattoo of a Viet Cong soldier with the words, “Let’s go Viet Nam.”
He said his parents were “very patriotic.”
He had the tattoo on the right side of his face.
But that changed when he was in his early 20s, and he had a scar over it.
The tattoos started appearing after he was diagnosed with glia cancer.
His mom said she thought his family was getting itchy because of the tattoos, but the tattoos made her feel sick.
They started popping up around his face when he started high school.
Now he has several tattoos on his right arm.
Matt’s mom said the first tattoo that made her sick was the one on his left shoulder.
It read, “It’s okay.”
She said the second