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

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With heavy hearts, we report the sad news about the multi-talented actress Kathy Bates…

If you believe that Hollywood celebrities are way different than we are, touching stories like this one are a reminder that they are just ordinary people like us who experience pain and go through things.

In her latest interview with Dr.Phill, the academy award winner Kathy Bates opens up about her illness and what she had to endure without sharing it with the rest of the world.

Unexpectedly, she was faced with the most challenging part she had ever been cast in, that of a true fighter and a warrior who had to conquer cancer for the second time.

In 2012, she summoned her courage and revealed to US Weekly, “It’s common knowledge that I am a survivor of ovarian cancer, and it’s been nine years since. However, only a few are aware that I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago.” Elaborating on the experience of being diagnosed with this illness, she said, “If you believe that American Horror Story is frightening, then you should have seen me in that room.”


Following the news of her ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2003, her struggle began. She endured several painful surgeries and underwent nine months of chemotherapy, but opted not to disclose it to anyone. According to her interview with 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.”

Her unwavering determination aided her in triumphing over the situation and being cancer-free until the moment when her physician informed her that she was back to square one. Cancer had returned. She pondered if that meant she would have to tread the same path of agony and distress once again.


Upon learning about her breast cancer diagnosis, she wasn’t entirely shocked as she explained, “Breast cancer flows like a river in my family.” After revealing this to her followers, she made the decision to undergo a double mastectomy in the hopes of preventing the cancer from advancing any further.

This time she decided to turn her tragedy into inspiration for other women. This brave lady didn’t lose her vibrant personality along the way and in one occasion she even joked saying, “I don’t miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry’s Law,” and thanked her fans for all the support they’ve provided during her tough 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.

At present, Kathy Bates is free from cancer; however, the illness has left her with a condition called lymphedema, which affects roughly 30 percent of breast cancer survivors and is incurable. The condition is a consequence of the removal of her lymph nodes. Regrettably, she is presently experiencing pain and swelling that causes her considerable discomfort.

“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 experience has motivated her to speak publicly about her condition, hoping to encourage other women to undergo regular check-ups and assure them that they are not alone in their fight. In addition, Bates became an advocate for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN).

“I’m appreciative that my challenges have provided me with a sense of purpose. It’s funny how that comes about,” she remarked.

In the following interview, she provides a candid account of what it’s like to confront the battles she’s fought.

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