Bachelor’s Lesley Murphy Reveals Breast Implant Plans Post-Mastectomy
More specifically, when the Bachelor Season 17 alum can get her boobs back.
Day 2 post op. Baby steps, but not many. Just enough to show the doctors I can walk in order to go home. It's funny to look at this video and see a slight smile. This was no walk in the park. Ow. I think I was just glad to be in anything but a horizontal position. It was time to disconnect the IV, the oxygen tube and those lovely compression socks I couldn't wait to leave behind! That red apron you see around my waist holds the 4 drains that I have to measure every day, so those will be coming with me and eating with me and sleeping with me and showering with me. Unfortunately they are sewn into my sides and when they read a certain amount of fluids coming from my chest, I can finally get them removed which will be a huge milestone. A few minutes after this video was taken, I somehow shuffled myself into a wheelchair. I was so nervous as we made our way to the car. Dad drove slowly and carefully, but you can't always avoid every single bump in the road. Ouuuchh. And just like that, we were homeA shower is now in order since I still have iodine and permanent marker all over my chest from surgery markings. Walking and breathing still doesn't come easy, so this should be veryyy interesting #LesNipsBRCAintheBud #LesleysBreasties #FightLikeAGirl #BreastCancerAwareness
Not only that, but her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2014, so she knew she had to take preventative measures.
“I don’t really want to be sitting on these potentially cancerous cells. Like, why hang on to something that is a ticking time bomb?” she tells People.
Day 1 post op. Oouuuchh. 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 boobs are gone. Crazy, right? Gone. It's hard to wrap my head around. My doctors and nurses come by all the time to check on my vitals and give me pills to ease the pain. 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. 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. 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 heartYour prayers, well wishes and good vibes are working
Because of that family history, the whole Murphy crew was “super supportive,” she details. Actually, her older sister plans to follow suit with the procedure after finishing having kids!
Another person who was a lifesaver during this difficult time was Lesley’s Bachelor bestie, Catherine Lowe, who she says has been “checking on me every other day.”
Wearing pink today to support my kickass friend @lesleyannemurphy's choice to undergo a double mastectomy after finding out she is BRAC2 positive, and to bring awareness to preventative screenings for Breast Cancer. I love you Gyp! #LesleysBreasties #LesNipsBRCAintheBud #BreastCancerAwareness #FightLikeAGirl
Catherine also sent her two pink pillows, which she’s been using to support her arms while propped in bed post-surgery. They also help “stabilize your body to not roll over in the middle of the night and cause any disruptions.”
Aside from the obvious discomfort, the visual of her breasts being gone is something the former reality star is still getting used to.
My Sunday best, or what I could manage to put on today with limited arm movements.My mom washed and dried my hair today. She dresses me in the mornings. She also measures my drains twice daily which are the tubes you see coming out of my lovely red apron I never take off. She's the freaking best. She slept in my hospital room and bed at home for the first few nights, helping me in and out of bed and giving me meds at horrid hours to control the pain. I have to sleep on my back in the exact same position every night. Sometimes when I make the wrong movements it feels like my chest is detaching from my body, but all in all, I think my upper half is healing nicely! Sure, it's sunken in and lumpy because what you see are deflated expanders that were put in which will gradually get filled every 2-3 weeks as I get ready for reconstructive surgery. Hopefully by then the permanent marker will be off my bodyI feel lucky because my surgeons only made one vertical incision on the lower half of both breasts while saving skin & nipple. So while all breast tissue is (hopefully) gone, I retained some of the old me! Happy Sunday. God is good. #LesleysBreasties #LesNipsBRCAintheBud #BreastCancerAwareness #FightLikeAGirl
“It just looked bruised and beaten and traumatic and very eye-opening,” she admits.
She then adds, “I’m lucky because I only have one scar going from kind of the base of my breast to the nipple, so there’s no horizontal line going the whole length.
“But I mean, still, that scar is huge and everything is just so deflated,” she concludes.
They will be back eventually, but doctors tell her there’s a minimum of three months between the first and second surgeries.
“After the breast surgeon took breast tissue out, the plastic surgeon immediately came in and put expanders in,” the Road Les Traveled blogger starts.
She continues, “So every two to three weeks I’ll go in and get filled and it’ll get gradually bigger until I’m ready to undergo reconstructive surgery.”
At the moment, she estimates the implants will replace the expanders in late July to early August, so it’ll certainly be an adjustment for the summer season.
She is thinking about maybe going “a little bigger” than the size she was before, which could be an interesting change.
No matter what, it seems like her boyfriend, Julian — with whom she says things are “pretty new” — has proved to be a great guy throughout the process.
“He’s been incredibly supportive from the beginning,” she gushes.
PINK!! I thank God for giving me the privilege of falling in love and spending time with the bravest, strongest and most wonderful woman I've ever met. You have given me the motivation of becoming a better person than what I am. Tomorrow you will be facing one of your giants, but I feel pity for him since you make it seem so small! You got this baby!! My prayers are with you! I am wearing pink today in honor of my girlfriend and women around the world who have faced, will face, or have overcome Breast Cancer, and to encourage preventative screenings for early detection. If you want to know more about why she made this decision, I encourage you to check out her Instagram for better insights. I also encourage you to wear pink today and show some support to her and all the women in the world that are going or will be going through this process @lesleyannemurphy PS. I know you'll hate me for the picture we were still sleepy #LesleysBreasties #LesNipBRCAintheBud #BreastCancerAwareness #FightLikeAGirl #fatfitcouple #model #brave #woman #strongwomen #mylove #iphoneography #iphone7plus #iphone #beanieobsesionado #arkansas #puertorican
“Just sharing posts and wearing pink. He’s been great.”
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