Kathy Bates health: Actress ‘went berserk’ after diagnosis of ‘incurable’ condition

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    Heartwarming tales like this one serve as a reminder that, despite popular belief, Hollywood celebrities are just regular individuals who go through hardships and suffer suffering. The Academy Award winner Kathy Bates talks candidly about her sickness and the hardships she overcame without disclosing them to the public in her most recent interview with Dr. Phill.

    Out of the blue, life gave her the toughest role she ever had to play, that of a real-life fighter and a warrior who had to beat cancer for the second time.

    She mustered the courage to tell US Weekly in 2012 that she had survived ovarian cancer for nine years and counting. However, very few are aware that I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago. “You think American Horror Story is scary? Well, imagine what it looks like when you get a cancer diagnosis,” she says, explaining the process. You ought to have joined me in that room.

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    Her ordeal began in 2003 when the heartbreaking news that she had ovarian cancer was revealed to her. She chose not to disclose that she had endured nine months of chemotherapy and several grueling operations. She stated to PEOPLE:

    “I didn’t tell anybody. I continued to work right after the operation, doing Little Black Book with Brittany Murphy. My agent at the time was very old-school and didn’t want me to be the poster child for ovarian cancer. I didn’t want anyone to know, but it really took a lot out of me.”

    Up to the point when her doctor informed her that she was starting over, her strong will enabled her to endure the circumstances and remain cancer-free. Her cancer returned. She questioned whether that would entail retracing her previous misery and agony.

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    She states that “breast cancer runs like a river in my family,” thus she wasn’t shocked to learn she had the disease. In an attempt to stop it from spreading further, she decided to get a double mastectomy after sharing this with her fans. This time, she decided to use her sorrow to motivate other females. This courageous woman maintained her lively attitude throughout, even cracking a joke at one point, “I don’t miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry’s Law,” and thanking her supporters for their unwavering support during her difficult times.

    She did her best to replace the plate of sour green tomatoes her life served her with one of Fried Green Tomatoes instead, and we are lucky she did it.

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    Although Kathy Bates no longer has cancer, the disease left her with lymphedema, a condition that affects about 30% of people who survive breast cancer and is incurable. It is the outcome of her lymph nodes being removed. She regrettably feels uncomfortable due to the discomfort and swelling she is feeling.

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    “It’s a souvenir you definitely don’t want. I really felt that life was over for me. I probably wouldn’t work again, and I was angry for a long time.”

    Her entire ordeal compelled her to discuss her illness in public to encourage other women to get frequent checkups and to realize they are not fighting this battle alone. Additionally, Bates joined the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) as an ambassador.

    “I’m grateful my hardships have given me a purpose. Funny how that happens.”

    Below is her interview where she gets brutally honest about what it feels like to face the battles she fought.

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