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Kathy Bates Shares Powerful Message As She Beat Cancer Twice: "You Thought You Were Dead, But Now You Can Fly Into A New Life"

Date December 13, 2019 16:54

Kathy Bates battled cancer not just once but twice. And the amazing thing about the actress is that she's willing to turn these challenges into something positive.

During an interview with People, Kathy revealed that she first faced this hurdle in 2003 when she was diagnosed with Stage 1 ovarian cancer. At the time, she didn't reveal her condition to the public and she privately underwent surgery and chemotherapy treatment.

In 2012, she was diagnosed again, this time with breast cancer. To treat this condition, she had to undergo a double mastectomy, she said. Kathy is cancer-free today but she ensures everyone learns from her story.

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Kathy Bates speaks about her health

The actress was recently a guest on The Kelly Clarkson Show where she opened up about her cancer journey and the important lessons she learned from it.

She revealed that one thing that got her through her health issues was maintaining a positive outlook no matter what. And an interesting experience gave her an even bigger lesson.

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Kathy said she was enjoying a relaxing time at home one day when a little finch flew out of nowhere and collided with the plate glass window on her patio. The actress immediately rushed to help the injured bird and initially, she thought it wouldn't survive.

Her niece suggested that she gave the bird some water which they did. They nursed it to health and it eventually flew away. Kathy's niece, Linda, then asked her if she got the message the bird was trying to send to her.

Kathy said:

And she said, 'you thought you were dead, but now you can fly into a new life.' After that, I just thought, 'everything is going to be okay.' It was a moment of grace.

Feeling better than ever

While speaking to UsWeekly earlier this year, Kathy Bates talked about her illness and how glad she was to survive cancer.

I have never been in such good health. I just had a physical. I’m doing great … I feel like a completely different person. I can move, I can walk.

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Kathy Bates has had to survive so much. Even though she was hesitant about sharing her struggles in the beginning, it's obvious that opening up has inspired so many others. And now that we know she's doing great, people going through similar struggles can be confident that they can survive too.

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