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FACING CANCER
Theresa Zanetti
funnels her energy
into power walks,
fashion shoots
and connections
with others

in Style

BY KELLY CASEY

L

ooking at Theresa Zanetti,
it's hard to believe that for
two years she's been fighting a
disease wreaking havoc on her
immune system. A regular hospital
patient, Zanetti can often be spotted
power walking through the halls of
UVA Medical Center, clocking up to
10 miles on her fitness watch. As a
fun distraction on her better days,
she dresses herself and her 6-yearold son in matching outfits for a
homespun fashion shoot using a
voice-controlled camera.
"I have been fortunate to feel
good most times. And being more
of myself [by dressing up] helps
me," Zanetti says. "Having something
to motivate me, and still participate
in the real world, is good. I am used
to being a fast-paced mom and a
wife and working full time as a registered dietitian at UVA. And now
I just go to clinic appointments to
manage my illness."

Theresa Zanetti, her husband, Derik, and her son, Hudson, rock the runway during a homespun
fashion shoot. Dressing up is one way that helps Zanetti, a former UVA Health dietitian, feel
normal as she fights leukemia, a type of blood cancer.

PHOTO BY THERESA ZANETTI

In fall 2018, Zanetti's life was
derailed with a life-threatening
diagnosis. She developed a severe
sinus infection and then contracted
influenza type A. Weeks passed, and
she only felt worse.
Hardly able to breathe, she went
to the Emergency Department
thinking she just needed iron infusions, but a doctor suspected leukemia and immediately transferred her
to UVA Cancer Center. Blood tests
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