Kathy Bates is a two-time cancer survivor and national spokeswoman for LE&RN; the Lymphatic Education & Research Network. The Academy Award-winning actor says she acquired Secondary Lymphedema after undergoing a double mastectomy several years ago.

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Lymphedema is a chronic disorder of the lymphatic system marked by swelling of the arms or legs, loss of function or mobility and serious infections.

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On Thursday’s Dr. Phil, Kathy talks about what she and others are doing to further public awareness about the condition. She also introduces 10-year-old Emma, the Youth Ambassador for LE&RN who lives with Primary Lymphedema. At age 6, Emma went to the New York State legislature to help pass a bill to fund Lymphedema research.

“Her presence so moved the lawmakers, they realized that something had to be done to help those of us suffering from lymphatic diseases,” says Kathy.

What does Emma say about the day-to-day challenges of living with this chronic condition?

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