For all of you Bachelor fans out there, you will almost definitely remember Lesley Murphy from Sean Lowe's season. Since being on the show, Murphy has started her own blog Road Les Traveled where she writes about her international travels. Recently, however, Murphy has not been traveling very much. Instead, she has been in and out of the hospital.
Murphy's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, and, after the diagnosis, Murphy and her two sisters decided to get tested. Murphy's results came back positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation, making her more likely to get breast cancer.
Receiving this hard news on the way to a gynecologist appointment, Murphy discussed her diagnosis with her doctor. Her doctor said that she would not want to live with a "ticking time bomb" in her body. It was then that Murphy decided to go through with a double mastectomy, the removal of both of her breasts.
Murphy made this decision and her entire medical process very public, posting about it on Instagram, her blog, and other forms of social media. She did this to spread awareness about the procedure and let other women know that they are not alone. Murphy says that she was unable to find a lot of research, awareness groups, etc. about the BRCA2 gene or double mastectomies other than Angelina Jolie's procedure a few years ago.
The process is excruciatingly painful. Obviously, Murphy was put under for the procedure itself. However, it is the recovery that requires a lot of patience and pain tolerance. After her breasts were removed, Murphy had surgery to get breast implants, continuing her openness about the procedure on social media.
To me, Lesley Murphy is the perfect example of bravery and vulnerability. It is because of her that many women will be able to feel confident in their decision to have a double mastectomy for health reasons. No matter how young or old you are, being confident in your decisions about your health is essential. Thank you, Lesley Murphy, for being a great role model for women around the world and for taking the road les traveled.