While most former "Bachelor" contestants use social media to hawk the trendiest products, season 17 alum Lesley Murphy has been using her post-show platform for some serious good: She has been candidly sharing what it's like to undergo a preventative double mastectomy after finding out that she had the breast cancer gene.
Murphy, who vyed for former Bachelor Sean Lowe's heart on national television back in 2013, tested positive for the BRCA 2 gene mutation (which her mom's successful fight against breast cancer prompted). She decided to undergo a double mastectomy on April 11, and post-surgery, the 29-year-old has been sharing snaps of her recovery process.
She wrote on her most recent post-up recovery, "Now with 2 drains out, so much weight feels lifted from my chest. I can breathe a bit deeper and sit up faster."
On Sunday, the Arkansas native posted a pic of her healing chest.
"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," she wrote.
Murphy's mom, a breast cancer survivor, has been especially helpful with her recovery process.
"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," Murphy wrote on Instagram.
On why she decided to get tested for the gene, Murphy said, "My mom was diagnosed almost three years ago to the day and came out a badass survivor! It's because of her diagnosis that I underwent genetic testing and can now do something about it. Knowledge is power."
You can catch up with the rest of her post-mastectomy recovery journey over on her Instagram.