'Bachelor' alum Lesley Murphy shares photo of her chest following double mastectomy

She was a contestant on Sean Lowe's season of the 'Bachelor' and has since launched herself into her travel blog, The Road Les Traveled. But what 29-year-old Lesley Murphy wasn't quite expecting this year was to find out that she was BRCA2-positive, the rare gene mutation that puts you at a higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

But once she knew -- she set in motion preventative measures to keep herself safe.

On March 8th, International Women's Day, Lesley revealed that she'd made the choice to get a double mastectomy. She said of the decision: "I have lots of life to live and potential cancerous cells aren't welcome here."

To put the risk Lesley faced into perspective, Cancer.org says that while 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer in their lives, that risk jumps to 55-65 percent if they have the harmful BRCA1 mutation, and 45 percent if they inherit BRCA2. And while the numbers are smaller for ovarian cancer, the risks jump an equal measure for women who inherit these genes. (Read more here.)

And now she's bravely shared the first photo of her chest post-surgery, thanking her mother for everything she's done to help her through the process.

Lesley's mother fought and survived breast cancer a few years ago, and this was a big reason Lesley decided to get tested. She's now documented the experience with the help of family and friends.

"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.

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As she shared her experience, Lesley consistently called out that "knowledge is power," and used the hashtag #FightLikeAGirl. It's clear that she's hoping her story will inspire people to get tested early and be more proactive about their health -- and is using her platform for good. As such, she's had an outpouring of love and support on her social accounts.

Our hats go off to her, too. Thanks for your story and strength, Lesley -- and here's to healing quickly so you can get back out there traveling soon!

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