This Woman Took a Simple Selfie and Saved Her Life in the Process

February 29, 2016 Updated: February 29, 2016

A U.K. woman took a selfie photograph–specifically a “No Makeup Selfie” to raise awareness for breast cancer, and little did she know, it may have helped save her life.

Jackie Nicholas, 35, posted a photo of herself without makeup on Facebook. She was later sent a link that had instructions on how to self-check for lumps.

After she checked, she found a lump the size of a pea in her breast. When Nicholas went to the doctor, they told her she had stage three breast cancer.

Nicholas, from Derby, got a mastectomy, several rounds of chemotherapy treatment, and got her lymph node removed. She’s now in remission.

She also described her experience to the Mirror newspaper, saying waiting for the initial results from the doctors “was agony.”

“The doctors examined me and after a series of tests decided I needed a biopsy,” she told the paper. “We had to wait weeks for the results.”

After that, she got the news of her cancer.

She said: “At first I couldn’t believe it. I have no history of breast cancer in my family. I kept asking the doctors if I was going to die.

“They told me I had a very aggressive kind of cancer, but they had caught it early and they were going to treat it.

“Me and [her husband] went into a private room after the diagnosis and cried in each others arms.”

After the diagnosis, Nicholas posted selfies to keep her supporters updated.

She added to the Derby Telegraph: “I wanted to be open about my cancer battle to inspire and encourage people going through the same thing. To be recognized for that is amazing.”