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'Days of Our Lives' star Kassie Wesley DePaiva reveals she has leukemia

by Gabrielle Frank / / Source: TODAY

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Popular soap opera star Kassie Wesley DePaiva revealed she's been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that affects the body's bone marrow and blood cells.

"(I) have spent 6 of the last 9 weeks in the hospital," Depaiva wrote on her blog. "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."

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Actress Kassie Depaiva revealed her recent health struggle on her blog.Getty Images file

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Fans know DePaiva for her ten-year portrayal of Blair Cramer on the show "One Life to Live," and she had recently returned to her role of Eve Donovan Larson on "Days of Our Lives."

"I have amazing prayer warriors, family, and friends that have been extremely supportive," she wrote. "I have a strong faith that strengthens me every step of the way."

With her return to the show coming soon, DePaiva felt compelled to share her news with fans.

An estimated combined total of 171,550 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma in 2016, which will account for roughly ten percent of new cancer cases, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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"Although I'm unable to be 'camera ready' now...my goal is (to) get back to stirring up trouble in Salem soon," DePaiva wrote. "Keep me in you(r) thoughts and prayers."

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