Lesley Murphy Shares Shockingly Real Post-Mastectomy Photo
Lesley Murphy continues to inspire us with how she’s handling her double mastectomy at the age of 29.
The Bachelor Season 17 alum has documented every step of her difficult journey, and now, she’s shared her most real photo yet.
I've been thinking on what message to put out there about power, courage, and love and then it hit me... #InternationalWomensDay is the perfect time to share what I've been up to the past few weeks. It has nothing to do with exciting new destinations or more stamps in my passport. 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. Buzzzz kill. I know. But it's true what they say - knowledge is power. 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. 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 powerBear with the choppy edits/audio. Day 2 video is coming (reconstruction/plastics, exciting stuff!) but in the interim, I'll be celebrating boobs, knowledge, taking action, and my breast cancer surviving mother todayPS if you see dirt on my forehead, I shot this on Ash Wednesday
Seeing as her mom had breast cancer three years ago, Lesley wasn’t taking any chances, and ultimately decided to have both of her breasts removed.
The former reality star had the surgery on April 11, sharing a pic her mom took when she first arrived in the hospital room post-procedure.
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
“My boobs are gone. Crazy, right? Gone,” she wrote at the time. “It's hard to wrap my head around. I finally caught a glimpse of my bare chest during a FaceTime call a couple of minutes ago. Whoa.”
Then, two days later on April 14, the The Road Les Traveled blogger posted another shot from the hospital, this time alongside her supportive parents.
“Kicked cancer's ass before it could kick mine, and my favorite people were very instrumental in the process,” she wrote at the time.
And yet, her most vulnerable post was still yet to come!
Day 2 was filled with plastic surgery discussions plus a mammogram, ultrasound and MRI in order to rule out any existing cancer or other problems before surgery (I'm cancer free!). I haven't spent much time in hospitals, so a long day like this gave me so much appreciation for those who must endure many minutes, hours and days inside their walls. As you can tell, I made it as much "fun" as I possibly could. Also, 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. You say I'm inspiring, but the stories told in my comment section inspired me just the same and reconfirmed my decision to move forward with everything. A surgery date of April 11th is in the books! Until then, I have a month packed full of adventures overseas!
Five days after the procedure, having given herself some time to heal, the Arkansas native shared the first image of her post-mastectomy breasts.
Alongside the Easter Sunday pic, which shows her sitting with her shirt opened, she writes, “My Sunday best, or what I could manage to put on today with limited arm movements.”
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
She goes on to explain that her mom has been helping her wash her hair, dress her, and measure the draining tubes from her chest.
She continues, “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!
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
Though Lesley concedes her breasts are now “sunken in” and “lumpy,” she adds that she’s now preparing for reconstructive surgery.
“I feel lucky because my surgeons only made one vertical incision on the lower half of both breasts while saving skin & nipple,” she concludes.
“So while all breast tissue is (hopefully) gone, I retained some of the old me! Happy Sunday. God is good.”
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