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Kathy Bates' life back on track after American Horror Story

6/13/2014

WENN

Kathy Bates has credited her role in "American Horror Story: Coven" with giving her a new lease of life following her double mastectomy last year.

The actress plays evil slave owner Madame LaLaurie in the latest season of Ryan Murphy's FX series, which marks her first time back on the small screen since her cancer battle and the cancellation of her legal drama "Harry's Law." Bates admits she was at a low point after a terrible year and was unsure of signing on to the show, but insists that shooting the series in New Orleans has given her health and self-esteem a much-needed boost.

She tells The Huffington Post, "Sometime after [speaking to Jessica Lange about the show], I had a double mastectomy and so I was really still reeling and healing from that when I was having my meeting with Ryan. I wasn't really sure where to put my foot next in the business. I was so excited after that first meeting, I thought, 'There is life after all.'"

After finding a treatment center near the show's set to deal with the after effects of her operation, Bates is considering undergoing breast reconstruction for the first time. She adds, "I discovered that here in New Orleans, I'm not only enjoying doing the show down here, but I found a wonderful place to go -- I need to have treatment on my arm because of lymphedema -- and there's a wonderful place here called the Center for Breast Reconstruction, which I've just discovered, and now I'm contemplating reconstruction for the first time since my surgery. I feel like I've just landed in clover, not only with the show, but for my own health. That's a great feeling. As my niece said: 'Lost in the right direction.'"

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