A year after announcing that she had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, daytime star Kassie DePaiva is in remission and celebrating her life and those who helped give it back to her. New York-Presbyterian Hospital tweeted: “Congratulations to DAYS OF OUR LIVES actress Kassie DePaiva on reaching her one-year post-treatment milestone for AML!” DePaiva responded: “Thank you for saving my life!”
A few months ago, DePaiva celebrated her remission by sharing a triumphant photo with some of the staff at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. “One year anniversary of treatment,” she posted. “These are the true angels that saved my life. #greatlove”
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On World Cancer Day in February, DePaiva announced that she was cancer-free, and in June, revealed that she was back at work as Eve on DAYS. The actress is also loved by ABC fans for her role of Blair on ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and she also played Chelsea on GUIDING LIGHT at the beginning of her daytime career.
Back in August of 2016, DePaiva opened up about her cancer diagnosis and how it had derailed her return to daytime. “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.”
And thankfully, it went just as DePaiva predicted, with her cancer in remission and her stepping out with hubby James DePaiva (Dr. Bensch, GENERAL HOSPITAL; Max, OLTL) at the Emmys in April looking healthy and gorgeous.
Emmys baby!!! pic.twitter.com/LeeAjTEc4f— Kassie DePaiva (@KassieDePaiva) April 30, 2017
At the time of her diagnosis, DePaiva admitted that her illness had been a private matter, but with Eve’s return to DAYS coming up at the time, she had 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 noted the importance of raising money for research and urged 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.
We are delighted that DePaiva is not only in remission, but coming back to DAYS again because we’ve missed seeing her talent on our screens! And we ask everyone to join us in wishing her all the best for continued good health in the future.
Check out the gallery below for a reminder of why DePaiva is so beloved to soap fans.
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With Roger Howarth's Todd and adorable little baby Starr on OLTL.
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With Trevor St. John's Todd and Susan Haskell as Marty in a 2009 scene from OLTL.
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Getting frisky with Casey Moss (JJ) on DAYS in 2014 (he was her daughter's boyfriend!).
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With Robin Strasser (Dorian) in a special episode of OLTL centered around Blair and Dorian inspired by the classic documentary, Grey Gardens.
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Téa and Blair were usually at odds, like in this scene from 2009 with Florenzia Lozano!
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With the rest of OLTL's Cramer women in 2010: Kristen Alderson (Starr), Gina Tognoni (Kelly), Robin Strasser (Dorian), Laura Bonarrigo (Cassie), Brittany Underwood (Langston), and Melissa Fumero (Adriana).
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With an absolutely pint-sized Kristen Alderson as Starr on OLTL — fans watched the young actress literally grow up in the role!
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A dramatic location shoot for OLTL with Robert S. Woods (Bo), Florencia Lozano (Téa), and Hillary B. Smith (Nora) in 2009.
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Another one of OLTL's elaborate fantasy sequences, this time with Blair in a medieval dungeon!
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Showing just how bad the rivalry can get between Eve and Jennifer in this 2014 DAYS scene opposite Melissa Reeves!
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With Florencia Lozano (Téa) and Roger Howarth (Todd) in a fun fantasy episode at the end of OLTL's run.
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With Trevor St. John's Todd in an emotional scene from a 2009 episode of OLTL.
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With Wally Kurth (Justin) and Galen Gering (Rafe) at the funeral of Eve's daughter, Paige, on DAYS in 2015.