It's breast cancer awareness month, and we are SO inspired by what we've seen from the month-long reminder so far! Everyone is very focused on getting out a message to those who need to know more about the subject, and we're very happy to hear from Kathy Bates about her struggles with cancer — and how it's a huge part of her family!
In 2003, Kathy had ovarian cancer, which she beat. Last year, they found a tumor in her breast, so she had a double mastectomy. She does what it takes to keep herself healthy and cancer free, even though apparently it runs rampant in her family!
Here's what she said:
"I had ovarian cancer in 2003. When I went in for a scan last year they found a tumor in my left breast. I wasn't going to fool around; I had a double mastectomy. Breast cancer runs like a river through my family. My mother and niece had it; my aunt died of it. Even if you test negative [for genetic mutations that predispose you to cancer] – like I did – you can't assume you're OK."
At her age, 65, she especially has to take care as her cancer chances rise. Luckily she has the strength to do what's needed:
"I wish I had legs that were 50 inches long and thin. I'm sorry I had to have my breasts removed. There are lots of things I wish were different, but I have wonderful friends I rely on for my happiness. And I've been blessed with a keen mind and many interests."
We LOVE that she's being vocal about it!
It's so inspiring to hear about people making the tough decisions for their health, because that story could quite possibly help someone else down the road when faced with something similar!
We're glad you're okay, Kathy!
[Image via WENN.]
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