This Bachelor Contestant Got Real About Life After A Mastectomy & Getting Breast Implants

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After discovering that she carried the BRCA 2 gene, former Bachelor contestant Lesley Murphy underwent a preventative double mastectomy. Back in 2013, she was a contestant on the popular show during its 17th season with Sean Lowe.
In an Instagram post announcing her surgery, she wrote, "I found out I was positive for the BRCA 2 gene mutation mid-February and about 50 days later, I was on an O.R. table." The gene mutation put Murphy at a higher risk of developing breast cancer in the future, and with her mom currently in remission from her own diagnosis three years ago, she believed it was the best thing for her.
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She has documented her surgery and recovery process, talking about everything from her first day post operation to her follow up appointments. She even had a farewell party for her soon to be removed breasts which she wrote about on her blog. Many of her followers appreciated her positive outlook through the process.
She thought back on her journey up until this point in an Instagram post on Sunday saying, "In just 83 days, I went from a completely flat chest in horrific pain to somewhere around a comfortable C-cup. Well...as comfortable as I can be in these expanders. The best way I can describe them is like two big boulders on my chest."
She announced on Monday via her Instagram that she underwent breast implant surgery.
Happy with her decision to proactively eliminate the risk of developing cancer, Murphy thanked her surgeon and his team for all their hard work and care over the last few months.
In her pre-operation Instagram post she added, "Knowledge is power and I feel powerful knowing I kicked cancer's ass before it could kick mine. The past 3 months have been a whirlwind. Thank you to all of my followers, readers, friends and family from the bottom of my heart for all of your messages and support. I wish I could adequately explain how much you have helped my recovery process."
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