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.

Out of the blue, life gave her the toughest role she ever had to play, that of a real life fighter and a warrior that had to beat cancer for the second time.

Back in 2012 she gathered the strength and told US Weekly, “It’s no secret that I am an ovarian cancer survivor, nine years and counting. But few know that several weeks ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer.” Explaining what it looks like to be diagnosed with this disease, she says, “You think American Horror Story is scary? You should’ve been in that room with me.”

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After she was told the devastating news that she suffers from ovarian cancer back in 2003, her ordeal started taking place. She had undergone multiple painful surgeries and nine months of chemotherapy but decided not to share it with anyone. She told 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 strong will helped her overcome the situation and be cancer free up until that moment when her doctor told her she was back on the start. She had cancer again. She wondered whether that would mean walking the same path of pain and suffering all over again. 

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After she learned she had breast cancer, she wasn’t that surprised because as she says, “breast cancer runs like a river in my family.” After she shared this with her followers, she opted for a double mastectomy in hopes of preventing it from spreading 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. 

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Currently, Kathy Bates is cancer free, but the disease left her with a condition known as lymphedema which isn’t curable and affects around 30 percent of breast cancer survivors. It is a result of the removal of her lymph nodes. Unfortunately, she is experiencing pain and swelling that makes her feel uncomfortable. 

“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.”

This whole experience made her speak about her condition publicly in hopes of inspiring other women to do regular check-ups and to know they are not alone in their battle. Bates also became an ambassador for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN). 

“I’m grateful my hardships have given me a purpose. Funny how that happens.”

Below is her interview where she gets brutally honest about what it feels like to face the battles she fought. 

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