'The Bachelor' alum Lesley Murphy undergoes double mastectomy
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/13/2017
The Bachelor alum Lesley Murphy is currently recovering from a double mastectomy and has shared a post-op photo of herself in the hospital.
Murphy, who competed on Season 17 of The Bachelor starring Sean Lowe when she worked as a political consultant, posted an Instagram picture on Wednesday of herself sleeping in a hospital bed following "preventative surgery."
Murphy opted to go under the knife after testing positive for the BRCA2 genetic mutation, which put her at a high risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer.
"Day 1 post op. Oouuuchh... My boobs are gone. Crazy, right? Gone. It's hard to wrap my head around," Murphy captioned the image in which she had an IV in her hand and an oxygen tube around her ears.
"My mom took this photo when I first arrived to my hospital room after surgery. It was hard to breathe. My chest was super tight and still is. There are so many tubes hooked up to me and lots of beeping noises... My doctors and nurses come by all the time to check on my vitals and give me pills to ease the pain."
The 29-year-old blonde beauty had her operation done at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital in Little Rock, and she praised her caretakers.
"I really love the people here. Everyone is SO nice at @uamshealth. The staff and level of care is topnotch. There is a chance I could go home tonight, but truth be told, I'm not so sure I want to! The grilled cheese and coconut chocolate cake make me happy. Moving hurts. I tried getting out of bed for the first time about an hour ago. I don't want to do it again but know I have to," Murphy explained.
It was also apparently difficult for Murphy to process what her body went through at first.
"I finally caught a glimpse of my bare chest during a FaceTime call a couple of minutes ago. Whoa. It looks like I was in a bear fight and lost. Badly. The human body is truly amazing, though, and I will heal soon enough," Murphy wrote.
"I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from friends, family, followers and complete strangers. So so overwhelmed. You guys know how to make a bruised and weak woman feel on top of the world. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your prayers, well wishes and good vibes are working."
Murphy added a praying-hands emoji to the end of her vulnerable and heartfelt Instagram post.
Murphy revealed last month she had decided to undergo the "preventative surgery," saying she was willing to take such drastic measures at her age because she watched her mother battle breast cancer.
"I hope to grow up to be like her. And this is me trying," the travel blogger shared on social media at the time. "So I think the right move is just to take care of it right now and do the double mastectomy... I'm not getting any younger."
On Lowe's The Bachelor season in 2013, Murphy, 25-years-old at the time, was eliminated just before hometown dates during the seventh episode because Lowe felt the Washington, D.C. native wasn't opening up fully or fast enough to match where his heart was in the process.