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Kathy Bates' Health Update: The Actress Gets Honest About Her Lymphedema, A Post-Cancer Illness

Date January 18, 2019 13:48

Cancer may break down its sufferer to the very core, but it also bestows unordinary strength; the courage that no one could imagine having within themselves in the first place. Kathy Bates is using that same force of will power!

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Bates is known for her iconic roles in many chart-rocketing movies like Midnight in Paris, Titanic, Fried Green Tomatoes and American Horror Story. However, she should also be crowned for a whole different aspect than just acting: Kathy is undoubtedly the Hollywood's iron lady for her bravery in defeating ovarian cancer in 2003, and breast cancer in 2013.

And all of that without ever losing her true essence of finding humor amid adversity. Despite her struggles, Kathy Bates still continues to wow us with her hilarious performances.

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Her painful post-cancer disorder

Cancer didn't leave her alone even after giving the scars of a double mastectomy. Soon after her recovery, Kathy developed lymphedema, an unfortunate souvenir of getting lymph node surgery. It causes severe swelling of arms or legs resulting from the blockage in the lymphatic system. This disorder is hitting a large majority, but it still remains unheard of. Bates came forward to shed light on it!

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She debated that it continues to be a silent-killer to many. The actress told PEOPLE:

Part of the problem is that doctors see the swollen limbs and assume that people are just overweight, not dealing with a painful medical condition. Some doctors just think it’s cosmetic and not life-threatening.

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To cope with incurable illness, Bates is going through multiple physical therapies and compression treatments, keeping her weight in check. For all it's worth, the graceful lady is feeling better now!

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Cancer had changed her 

The award-winning icon admitted that her recurring ailment made her more grateful. She told Parade magazine:

I really enjoy every moment of my life now. It’s not that every moment is terrific – we all go through tough times – but I try to be more present and grateful for the good times that I have.

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We admire her for laughing in the face of fear and keeping her head held high. Share this and send prayers for her great health!

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