Valerie Harper Diagnosed With Brain Cancer
Valerie Harper says she has incurable brain cancer and just several months to live, People magazine reports.
The TV legend, who portrayed the popular character Rhoda Morgenstern in the classic sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, received the diagnosis on Jan. 15, with doctors telling Harper that she has as little as three months left. Harper is suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a terminal condition where cancer cells spread into the membrane surrounding the brain.
"I don't think of dying," the 73-year-old actress tells People. "I think of being here now."
In 2009, Harper conquered lung cancer.
"I'm well past my expiration date already," she says. "I've a good run, what more can I ask for?"