Daytime vet Kassie DePavia (Eve, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Blair; ONE LIFE TO LIVE; Chelsea, GUIDING LIGHT) has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
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“I was asked back to play Eve on DAYS and had begun my exciting return,” she posted on her blog. “During the three-week July hiatus I was diagnosed and have spent six of the last nine weeks in the hospital.
“I will continue treatment over the next three months,” the actress continued. “My prognosis is good. I will not likely need a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, and we expect a complete cure. I consider this just a bump in the road.”
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DePaiva admits that her illness has been a private matter, but with Eve’s return coming soon, she wanted to break her silence. “I felt it was time to let my loving fans know what’s been going on,” she confided. “The DAYS and OLTL family love runs deep. Although I’m unable to be ‘camera ready' now, my goal is to get back to stirring up trouble in Salem soon. Keep me in your thoughts in prayers.”
DePaiva also notes the importance of raising money for research, and urges fans to visit CornellLeukemia.com to help contribute, or even go to BeTheMatch.org and learn more about becoming a stem cell/bone marrow donor.
Our thoughts are with DePaiva during this difficult time, and we look forward to her recovery and ultimate return to our screens!
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