For anyone who has gone through a serious illness, there’s a reason they call it a battle. Every day, you have to focus on staying healthy and fighting the disease that has invaded your body and your life.
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DePaiva’s message to her fans was positive, yet straight to the point.
“During the 3-week July hiatus, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital,” she wrote. “I will continue treatment over the next 3 months. 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. I have amazing prayer warriors, family, and friends that have been extremely supportive and life affirming throughout this.”
While DePaiva has been active on social media, she wasn’t talking much about her return as Eve to the NBC soap. Fans have long anticipated her return after she exited in February.
SheKnows Soaps spoke with her at the Day of Days fan event last October about her departure.
“It was a gift to be on Days. I’ve loved every minute from the year-and-a-half that I was there,” she shared. “You couldn’t ask for a greater group of people or company to work for, so it’s all good.”
For any fan who was worried why she didn’t talk about her time back on the DOOL set this summer, there was good reason. DePaiva was dealing with her illness, prioritizing her health and surrounding herself with family and friends who could help her and keep her secret.
It was important for her to keep those initial days of diagnosis private. Not only did DePaiva have physical issues to deal with, she had to make sure she was taking care of her mental and emotional well-being as well.
It sounds like she is doing what is best for her journey to wellness.
“I have a strong faith that strengthens me every step of the way. This has been a private matter, but with Eve’s return coming soon I felt it was time to let my loving fans know what’s been going on,” she wrote.” “The Days and OLTL family love runs deep. Although I’m unable to be ‘camera ready’ now… my goal is get back to stirring up trouble in Salem soon. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers.”
For DePaiva to share a personal story about her health is incredibly brave. We applaud her honesty, frankness and thoughtfulness in a time that must be very difficult.
Hopefully fans will not only send her loving support, but also give DePaiva the breathing room she needs on her road back to recovery.