How A Sticky Bra Helped Me Discover I Have Breast Cancer

A sticky bra saved my life.

I’m not exaggerating. Let me back up.

Only a few weeks into 2018, I planned a weekend trip to see one of my best friends from college. As we got dressed to go out, I did something I’d done hundreds of times before—I applied an adhesive bra. This time, though, while sticking it onto my skin, I felt a lump in my right breast. It seemed odd to me, especially since it had only been about two weeks since I last put on a sticky bra and I hadn’t felt anything unusual then. I wasn’t too concerned, though, and quickly forgot about it during a night on the town with my friends.

The next morning, I remembered feeling the lump and decided to check again to see if it was still there. Spoiler alert: it definitely was. It didn’t take much work to find it either. I could feel the lump just by running my fingers over my skin—no groping and poking like in an annual exam.

I asked my friend—she is a nurse—to feel it.

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