Valerie Harper, TV icon, Diagnosed With Terminal Brain Cancer
YAHOO.COM - "The Mary Tyler Moore" show was known for its humor, but one of its stars is facing a situation that's far from funny.
Valerie Harper, 73, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, People reports.
The erstwhile Rhoda Morgenstern explained that a slew of tests showed
that she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, "a rare condition that
occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane
surrounding the brain."
The television icon received the word from her doctors on Jan. 15 that she has as little as three months to live.
"I was stunned," she told the magazine of first hearing the news.
"And in the next minute I thought, 'This could draw more attention to
cancer research.' I think there's an opportunity to help people."
Now that it's sunk in, "I don't think of dying," she said. "I think of being here now."
Harper appeared on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1970 until 1974,
when she landed a spin-off show called "Rhoda," which aired from
1974-1978. She's appeared on numerous television shows throughout her
long and storied career, most recently voicing a character this year on
Harper also published her memoir, "I, Rhoda," earlier this year and
did a full round of press and signings to promote it. Despite everything
she was going through, you'd be hard-pressed to find a photo of her
with anything less of a great big smile.
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