Our Nurses Know: Perspective

December 20, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Kim Zapor, R.N., has spent most of her 35-year career helping cancer patients and their families seek answers.

The oncology nurse and representative for the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer AnswerLine has long used knowledge and empathy to provide excellent care.

But Zapor gained added clarity after being diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2016. The disease, she learned, had spread to her lymph nodes and would require chemotherapy.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women; 1 in 8 will develop it.

Zapor is back in the job she loves — and with a deeper perspective.

“I think until you actually have to go through it, you really emotionally cannot understand what patients go through,” she said.

Now, when answering phone calls about treatments such as chemotherapy, Zapor can relate even more.

“I get it,” she said. “I think I am a little more present for them, a little more aware, and I can really address those issues probably a little bit better just because of my own experience.”

Learn more about Zapor’s story in the video above.

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