Woman Says Support Helped Her Overcome Breast Cancer

Posted at 6:44 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 19:44:02-04

Gail Zeamer says beating cancer wouldn't have been possible for her without the support of friends and family.

Zeamer was diagnosed with breast cancer in February.  She then underwent numerous chemotherapy treatments and ultimately had a double mastectomy in July.

Through it all, her friends and family were by her side, even hosting themed chemotherapy treatments to put a smile on Zeamer's face.

It's support like this that doctors say plays a critical role in a person's recovery.
"People came out of the woodwork and literally just so much support," explained Zeamer.
"You know there are difficult times in treatment physically and emotionally and really kind of having that hopeful, positive outlook from supporters I think can be really really beneficial for patients to kind of keep the long term goal in sight," said ThedaCare oncologist, Shannon Schmidt.
Zeamer is now doing 30 rounds of radiation to try to kill all the cancer cells.  
Zeamer is encouraging women to get a mammogram, she says it could save their life.  On October 15 ThedaCare is offering a free breast cancer consultation for women with an increased risk of developing the disease.
The consultation starts at 9:00AM next Saturday at the ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center in Appleton.