Any surgery is a big deal, but one as intimate as a double mastectomy can feel huge to so many women. So we’re glad that women are beginning to share their experiences with the procedure via social media to help others in similar situations.
And Bachelor alum Lesley Murphy underwent preventative double mastectomy surgery after she tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene — which highly increased her chance of a future breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis. Her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, so Murphy armed herself with information and took control of the situation.
The caption in the below Instagram post included, “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 power.”
And we’re SO on board with that message! Here’s Murphy right after her surgery:
“My boobs are gone,” she wrote in the caption. “Crazy, right? Gone. It’s hard to wrap my head around.”