Valerie Harper’s story as of late is truly inspirational. Despite having been given a mere three months to live, the actress is still active, happy, living her life — all the while hoping for a miracle. She is so determined to enjoy her last days, while some would be waiting for death to come in a hospital bed. In a recent interview with “Today” show host Savannah Guthrie, she spoke of her optimism.
Diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis — in which cancer cells metastasize into the fluid-filled membrane enveloping the brain — the Mary Tyler Moore star has reportedly been given three to six months to live. But Harper told Guthrie, “‘Incurable’ is a tough word . . . I’m not dying until I do. I promise I won’t.”
Harper, who played Rhoda Morganstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff, Rhoda, explained she’s “more than hopeful . . . I have an intention to live each moment fully.”
Still, the beloved Valerie star clarified she’s not in denial about the reality of her situation. “I don’t mean this to be Pollyanna—I allow myself the grief.”
“I also feel so much better not hiding,” she says of coming clean with the public. “It feels awful damn good to be open about it, face it and see what you can do. If you die, you’re not a failure. You’re just somebody who had cancer. And that’s the outcome.”
There is always hope, right? Let’s keep her in our thoughts in this very trying time. Get well, Valerie!