“Days of Our Lives” actress Kassie DePaiva opens up about her health journey.
In July 2016, DePaiva was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia shortly after returning to the role of Eve Donovan on the long-running soap opera. During a break, she had flown to New York because she felt like something was wrong.
“I went to a country jamboree at Hunter Mountain, and I’m sitting on a chairlift… I feel it under my arm, I say, ‘That’s weird.’ I felt two knots. So I thought, ‘Hmmm.’ And they weren’t painful. I know I didn’t feel bad, nothing,” she shared with the co-hosts of the “Dishing with Digest” podcast, Stephanie Sloane and Mara Levinsky.
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The veteran actress, who also had a role on “General Hospital,” continued: “I called and made an appointment with my doctor and I said, ‘Okay, I’ll come back in July. Can you fit me in because I have these little knots? I just want to make sure everything is okay. Well, I did a biopsy and you know the rest is history.”
After receiving her test results, she discovered that she did not have breast cancer (at the time), but was instead diagnosed with leukemia.
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“I got breast cancer a year later,” DePaiva said. “I laugh and I’m like, ‘Can you believe it?’ But I had a lumpectomy and everything was clear and now, as it stands, I’m cancer free and happy.”
The soap star shared what it was like undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
“I was explaining how horrible chemo is for your body and that it’s not day to day, it’s minute to minute,” DePaiva said. “You know, you think, ‘Okay, I’m going to be fine,’ and then you get up and all of a sudden your body eliminates… I mean, it was, you pass out or you’re going to throw up ?”
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She added: “It’s just gross, and you just think, ‘This will never end,’ and then it does, and then you’re like, ‘Am I done with this?’ I can’t believe it, and that’s kind of where I’m at now, saying, ‘I can’t believe the journey,’ but I’m grateful.”
In August 2016, DePaiva shared her leukemia diagnosis on her blog and noted that she spent six weeks in the hospital and expected to be hospitalized longer.
“I have incredible prayer warriors, family and friends who have been extremely supportive,” DePaiva wrote on his blog at the time. “Even though I’m not able to be ‘camera ready’ right now…my goal is to start causing trouble in Salem again soon.”
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Since DePaiva is no longer cancer-free, she is expected to return as Blair Cramer in new episodes of “General Hospital.”