'Guiding Light' Star Kim Zimmer Opens Up on Her Battle With Breast Cancer
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In a real-life tale mirroring fiction, Kim Zimmer reveals she has been battling breast cancer, just like her beloved television character Reva Shayne on 'The Guiding Light'.

AceShowbiz - Kim Zimmer, the iconic soap opera star well-known for portraying Reva Shayne on the CBS daytime drama "The Guiding Light," revealed her breast cancer diagnosis during the special livestream event "Daytime Stands Up: A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer - We All Have a Story," on May 16.

Zimmer has courageously shared that she was diagnosed on November 6 of last year, a moment she deeply acknowledges would have been far more daunting without the support of her family and friends.

The 69-year-old actress has since undergone a mastectomy and is in the final stages of her treatment, with her last chemotherapy infusion scheduled for May 21. Zimmer, who has openly discussed her journey, appreciates the support from her husband, actor A.C. Weary, and their three children. "I would've fallen apart," Zimmer admitted, highlighting the vital importance of having a robust support system.

Zimmer's character Reva Shayne on "The Guiding Light," which aired from 1983 to 1990 and then from 1995 until the show concluded in 2009, also faced breast cancer in a dramatic storyline from 2006. Interestingly, unlike Zimmer's public acknowledgment of her fight, Reva hid her diagnosis from her loved ones, a decision Zimmer said made for compelling television but contrasted sharply with how she is handling her real-life battle.

Beyond her personal journey, Zimmer strongly advocated for regular medical checkups and early detection. She emphasized this during the event, stating, "I'm here to say early detection, early detection, early detection, early detection. Get your mammograms, get them soon." Zimmer's plea resonated with many and emphasized the critical nature of awareness and proactive health measures.

In addition to her role as Reva, Zimmer is also known for her work on "One Life to Live."

Her family continues to be a cornerstone of her strength through this challenging time. Her son, actor Jake Weary, shared touching memories of his mother's support during his early acting days, underscoring the close-knit bond they share.

As Zimmer journeys through treatment and recovery, she serves as an inspiration, underscoring the importance of sharing personal battles and building a supportive community to navigate life's toughest challenges. Her story is a testament to resilience, urging others to prioritize their health and seek support when needed.

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