‘Bachelor’ Alum Lesley Murphy Getting a Double Mastectomy at 29
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‘Bachelor’ Alum Lesley Murphy Getting a Double Mastectomy at 29


Bachelor alum Lesley Murphy found out some difficult news last week.

The Season 17 star revealed on Instagram on March 8 she’s getting a double mastectomy at the young age of 29.

Sean Lowe’s former contestant explained in an Instagram video she tested positive for BRCA2, a gene that puts her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

“A couple of weeks ago I found out I'm BRCA2 positive, which means I'm at a high risk for breast and ovarian cancer one day,” she writes in the caption. “Buzzzz kill. I know. But it's true what they say — knowledge is power.”

She continues, “I'm left with a few options and have decided that preventative surgery is what I want over various screenings multiple times a year. A double mastectomy at 2freaking9. Wtf?! Yep, it's happening.”

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The former political consultant, who now runs travel blog The Road Les Traveled, also explains that her mother is a breast cancer survivor, which contributed to her decision to get the surgery.

“My mom had breast cancer three years ago this month and she is a badass. And I hope to grow up to be like her,” she details in the clip.

She adds, “This is me trying. So I think the right move is just to take care of it right now and do the double mastectomy. I’m 29. It sounds young, but I’m not getting any younger.”

If Instagram seems like a strange place to share such personal information, Lesley explains she has a good reason to do so.

“In no way am I looking for pity through this story. I've wanted to share the news since the beginning simply to be an advocate for early screenings, detections and girl power,” she states.

And in a second video, she continues to document the process, which included plastic surgery discussions and a mammogram, ultrasound, and MRI to rule out existing cancer prior to the procedure.

Luckily, she learned she’s currently cancer free! She also took time to thank those who’d give her support in the comments.

“I can't tell you how much I appreciate everyone's messages on my video from yesterday. It feels SO good to have a support system like y'all, and I love how a platform like @instagram brings people together who've gone through similar circumstances,” she writes.

As for the surgery itself, that is set to happen soon.

“A surgery date of April 11th is in the books!” she shares.

“Until then, I have a month packed full of adventures overseas.”

Thank you Lesley for being such an inspiration! Stay tuned to Wetpaint as we follow her journey.