Academy Award-winning actor Kathy Bates is a two-time cancer survivor who is living with Lymphedema, a chronic disorder of the lymphatic system that results in swelling in one or more parts of the body. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Life in crisis?
The American Horror Story
star says she acquired the condition after undergoing a double mastectomy. WATCH How Actor Kathy Bates Says Watching ‘Dr. Phil’ Helps Her With Character Development
“He (the surgeon) took 19 lymph nodes from my left armpit and three from my right,” she says adding, “You think American Horror Story is scary? You should have been in that room with me.”
Lymphedema can be hereditary (Primary Lymphedema) or may occur following a surgical procedure, infection, radiation or other physical trauma (Secondary Lymphedema).
On Thursday's episode
Kathy, who is a national spokeswoman for LE&RN; the Lymphatic Education & Research Network,
talks about what she and others are doing to further public awareness about the condition.
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