Just a week ago, Lesley Murphy was saying goodbye to her breasts.
The former US Bachelor contestant, who appeared on the reality dating show in 2013, had discovered she carried a particularly sinister gene mutation that dramatically increased her chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
One week and one double-mastectomy later, the 29-year-old travel blogger has shared a powerful photo of her scars and a heartwarming message to her family.
“My Sunday best, or what I could manage to put on today with limited arm movements,” she captioned the image.
Murphy discovered she carried BRCA 2 gene mutation when a test she underwent came back positive.
“My mom was diagnosed almost three years ago to the day and came out a badass survivor!” Murphy wrote on an earlier image.
“It’s because of her diagnosis that I underwent genetic testing and can now do something about it. Knowledge is power.”
Murphy’s mum is not only the reason she underwent the preventative procedure, but the person caring for her now she’s recovering from it.
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“My mom washed and dried my hair today. She dresses me in the mornings,” Murphy wrote next to the image of her scars.