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Jill Zundel

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

Jill has worked in the healthcare community for over 13 years as an occupational therapist. She currently works at two local Intermountain hospitals in the acute setting and loves her job helping patients recover from injury and severe illness. She worked countless hours as a frontline worker in 2020 battling the difficult effects of the Covid pandemic. After a healthy and strong year in her caregiving role, she unexpectedly discovered a lump in her breast in April 2021 which led to a fast diagnosis of aggressive ductal carcinoma, Stage 3. Shocked. She immediately fell into a 5-month cancer treatment with an excellent team of doctors. Jill has had a great response to her initial “red devil” chemo treatment and positive results continue. Jill has been recognized for her positive energy and attitude and infectious good spirits, which are anchored in taking her new journey one day, one step at a time with relentless hope. She is eager to get back to work and rejoin her healthcare team in serving patients in their individual recoveries.

When not working, Jill loves to exercise and enjoys adventures with many wonderful friends. She spends down time cycling, hiking, skiing, kayaking and especially swimming. She is known to be the “cool auntie” and loves spending play time and laughing with her 11 nieces and nephews. She has also adopted many children and teens in her neighborhood as her own, who bring her much joy and many smiles. Pool time is a favorite summer hobby and Jill has taught many kids to love the water and find confidence in hours of splashing around. Jill loves life, learning new skills, understanding different people and backgrounds, and traveling to exotic places. She has friends across the globe who have been anchors of support. Jill has also been blessed with a wonderful loving family of siblings, parents and extended family members who have given her much time and provided special gifts to help keep her spirits up in her recovery.

Jill’s team of support is rich and strong as she battles cancer always taking it… happily, one day and one step at a time.

Jill's Favorite Quote: “My mission in life is not to merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.” - Maya Angelou

Jill's Favorite Colors are:

Yellow: Optimism, Hope, & Happiness

Red: Strength, Courage, & Power


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