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Former Bachelor contestant, Leslie Murphy

'Bachelor' alum opens up about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy


After discovering that she carried the BRCA 2 gene, former <i>Bachelor</i> contestant Lesley Murphy underwent a preventative double mastectomy.

A positive result meant she was at higher risk of developing breast cancer in the future. Her mom is currently in remission from her own diagnosis three years ago, which is part of what led Lesley to her decision.

Leslie talked to KATV news about her decision, "About 50 days later after finding out that I was positive for the gene, I was on an or table getting a double mastectomy."

"I think people are super scared to go down this route, but I want them to know it's so possible and I think people will feel empowered and stronger than they've ever felt after surgery so I think it's a great decision to make."

She documented her surgery and recovery process on Instagram to inspiring others to never be ashamed when it comes to making tough decisions about your health.

She underwent breast implant surgery in early July. She posted a photo holding an implant in each hand with the caption, "When life gives you lemons, have an operation that can give you melons."

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