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Kim Zimmer Shares Her Battle With Breast Cancer


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During the very special live event Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer… We All Have a Story which was held on May 16, dozens of soap stars past and present shared memories of playing cancer storylines on their shows as well as real-life battles with the disease. And while talking about Reva’s breast cancer storyline on Guiding Light alongside co-star Tina Sloan recalling Lillian’s own tale, Kim Zimmer revealed that she was battling cancer in real life.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6,” the Emmy winner confided. “And if it wasn’t for a wonderful circle of friends that I have, and not to mention my husband, AC Weary, and my family, Rachel, Max, and Jake, who call me every day, I would’ve fallen apart. But because of my circle that I had, including fabulous doctors, early detection [was possible].

“I did have a mastectomy and I have my last infusion on Tuesday,” Zimmer continued. “I would say to anyone that may get a diagnosis like I got, it’s so important that you find a support system.”

GL Josh Reva
Josh and Reva were one of daytime’s greatest supercouples.CBS

Zimmer’s daytime career kicked off back in 1978 with the role of Bonnie on One Life To Live followed by taking over the role of Nola on The Doctors. In 1983, she returned to OLTL as a new character, Echo DiSavoy, but became a true soap star later that year when she was cast as Reva Shayne on GL. After leaving in 1990, she went on to play Jodie on Santa Barbara, then returned to GL in 1995 to play Reva right up until the show’s final episode. In 2010, she reprised her role of Echo on OLTL. During her GL run, Zimmer racked up 11 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and took home four trophies for Outstanding Lead Actress.

Like her characters, Zimmer is a fighter and urged all women to take care of themselves. “I’m a tough broad,” she declared. “But again, if I didn’t have the friends that I have, the support system that I have, the fabulous doctors, a fantastic plastic surgeon, I would’ve fallen apart. And I’m here to say early detection, early detection, early detection. Get your mammograms… get them soon.”

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