Kathy Bates has taken on a series of challenging roles in her long acting career. There was the chilling Annie Wilkes in Misery, who tormented a horror-novel writer in her snowed-in cabin. There was the brash and unbalanced Libby Holden in Primary Colors. There was the timid housewife Evelyn Couch in Fried Green Tomatoes.
Bates has faced enormous health challenges as well — and is battling one now. After surviving ovarian and breast cancer, she’s currently struggling with a painful condition that resulted from her double mastectomy: lymphedema.
Lymphedema, a swelling in an arm or leg, generally happens after surgeons have removed lymph nodes during cancer treatment. Without the lymph nodes, lymph fluid does not drain properly. It can lead to serious infections. There is no cure.
CBS Sunday Morning recently interviewed Bates about the condition, which, along with other lymphatic diseases, affects up to 10 million people.
The video of that interview is below: