What a sad, sad announcement that we have for you today. Former “Mary Tyler Moore” and “Rhoda” star Valerie Harper has revealed that she has terminal brain cancer. Valerie appears on the latest cover of “People” magazine with the shocking news that she has only three months left to live. “People” reports:
The television icon – beloved for her role as brash New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda – received the news on Jan. 15, she reveals to PEOPLE in this week’s exclusive cover interview.
A battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live.
Resolved to face her last days with courage and humor, “I don’t think of dying,” says the actress, 73, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009. “I think of being here now.”
What sad news. We hope that she’s getting the best care possible and is able to enjoy the final months of her life to its fullest. Sad news, indeed!