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Guiding Light Star Kim Zimmer Shares Cancer Update

Guiding Light Star Kim Zimmer Shares Cancer UpdateGuiding Light star Kim Zimmer dropped a bomb on soap fans this week and revealed that she’s currently battling breast cancer. 

The actress participated in Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story a few days ago and opened up about her cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Here’s what the Guiding Light star had to say.

Guiding Light – Star Drops Cancer Bomb

Kim Zimmer is a soap legend and played the part of Reva Shayne on the now cancelled daytime drama for nearly a decade.  She also was a member of the One Life To Live cast for a few months after Guiding Light was cancelled by CBS in 2009. 

The 69 year old actress’ impressive TV resume spans through the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s.  Just recently Zimmer returned to the screen in 2019 in the streaming series Venice.

The irony of Zimmer’s cancer news is when she appeared on Guiding Light, her character Reva Shayne also was diagnosed with the potentially deadly disease and struggled with the news. 

Unlike Reva on Guiding Light, Kim has opted not to hide her breast cancer diagnosis from her friends and family and is battling the disease head on.

During Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer – We All Have a Story, Kim Zimmer got real about her diagnosis and plan of attack.  The soap star explained, “I’m here to say early detection, early detection, early detection, early detection.  Get your mammograms, get them soon.”

Kim Zimmer’s – Cancer Treatments

Zimmer went on to compare her cancer battle with Reva’s on Guiding Light and added, “I can’t imagine getting a diagnosis like that and not wanting the person that you love most in the world to be there standing next to you.  The fans reacted to that too… It made for great drama.”

Kim Zimmer was diagnosed with breast cancer on November 6, and has already undergone a mastectomy.  The actress is scheduled to undergo her final chemotherapy treatment on May 21. 

Were you a fan of Kim on Guiding Light and OLTL?  Let us know in the comments below and keep checking back here for more soap star updates.

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  1. Jo A Phillips says

    Kim Zimmer sorry to hear of your cancer. Loved you by the way on Guiding Light and OLTL. You fight this, stay positive, and keep positive people around you and family. Someone you can talk to. Also my Doctor was awesome. No negativity and put it in God’s hands. This is what got me through it. All this was a great support group. I am truly blessed. I have been there, done that, and got the tee shirt as the saying goes. I also had a , went through chemotherapy, and radiation. That was February 14, 2003. I survived. I am a survivor. I have a mammogram once a year and see my Oncology Doctor once a year. Of course I can call anytime if I have any concerns. God bless!

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