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Friday
Mar082013

Valerie Harper: I Got an 'Amazingly Shocking' Diagnosis

Leslie Nestor Miranda/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Valerie Harper isn't letting her terminal brain cancer diagnosis slow her down.  In a newly-released online video, the Rhoda star is sharing her story in her own words.

"I recently got an amazingly shocking diagnosis from my doctors that I had an incurable, very rare form of cancer. I just wanted to share this clearly and impactfully," she said in the People magazine video released Thursday.

According to People, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Valerie actress received the news on Jan. 15 after a series of tests that revealed that cancer cells had spread into the fluid surrounding her brain.  Doctors told Harper she had a rare condition called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis and only has three months to live.

"I don't think of dying," the 73-year-old actress told the magazine.  "I think of being here now."

Harper, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009, started feeling discomfort in January, including numbness in her jaw, during rehearsals for Looped, her one-woman show.  After three spinal taps, tests revealed the new cancer diagnosis, which is a rare form that only accounts for 2 percent of all cancers, according to People.

In an interview that aired Thursday night, Harper's Mary Tyler Moore co-star Cloris Leachman told the TV show omg! INSIDER that she'd recently spoken to Harper and refuses to think of her as someone who's terminally ill.

"I think of Valerie as the most joyful, spirited, energetic, alive person in the world, my brain won't make any other picture.  It won't.  It just won't process," said Leachman. 

The second part of the interview will air Friday night.

Harper will discuss her diagnosis in an interview on TV's The Doctors set to air Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  She will be joined by her husband, Leachman and Mary Tyler Moore co-star Ed Asner.

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Wednesday
Mar062013

Former Co-Stars React to Valerie Harper's Terminal Diagnosis

Leslie Nestor Miranda/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Former co-stars are sharing support and good wishes for Mary Tyler Moore star Valerie Harper, who revealed via People magazine on Wednesday that she has terminal brain cancer.

Harper says she told Mary Tyler Moore about her diagnosis earlier this week.

Moore tells People she is, “absolutely devastated by this news.” She adds, "Valerie has given so much joy, laughter and love to the world.”

Their Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner commented in a statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight, “Valerie Harper is a century plan and I have come to know her much better in my latter years and have every confidence in the world that she will shock the hell out of us and survive to keep functioning as the great talent and human that she is.”

Another Mary Tyler Moore Show alum, Betty White, is quoted by Entertainment Tonight as saying, "Here I go wheezing on at 91 years old and this beautiful, beautiful lady is facing something far too soon. We all love her so much, and we are going to make the most of every second we can.”

Fellow Mary Tyler Moore Show cast member Cloris Leachman wrote on Facebook, "I love and adore Valerie Harper and have every confidence that she is dealing with this very difficult information in the best way possible. She’s one smart lady and I know she will handle her illness as she has handled everything else in her life...with intelligence, optimism and grace."

Jason Bateman, who played one of Harper’s sons on the 1980s sitcom Valerie, tells Entertainment Tonight in a statement, "Valerie is someone that I've learned a great deal from.  Not just comedically but also in her ability to put whomever approached her, or worked with her, completely at ease with a laugh and an energy that's intoxicating.  My thoughts and love go out to her and her family."

According to People, Harper received her diagnosis on Jan. 15 after a series of tests that revealed that cancer cells had spread into the fluid surrounding her brain.

Harper, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009, started feeling discomfort in January, including numbness in her jaw during rehearsals for Looped, her one-woman show. After three spinal taps, tests revealed the new cancer diagnosis, which is a rare form that only accounts for 2 percent of all cancers, reports People.

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Wednesday
Mar062013

Valerie Harper Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer

Leslie Nestor Miranda/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Valerie Harper, the actress best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her own spinoff, Rhoda, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Harper, 73, received the diagnosis on Jan. 15, just days before she appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and described the stroke-like symptoms that sent her to the hospital.

“It was if I had Novocain,” Harper said in the live interview on Jan. 21.  “I thought what the heck is happening to me?”

“I went to the hospital and they couldn’t find much of anything.  Now I’m still awaiting test results,” she said at the time, also adding, “I’m feeling great.”

Harper tells People magazine in its latest issue, on newsstands Friday, that the tests from that January hospital stay revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain.

According to People, Harper’s doctors have told her she may have just three months to live.

“I don’t think of dying,” the Emmy-winning actress tells the magazine.  “I think of being here now.”

Harper appeared on GMA in January to promote her new memoir, I, Rhoda.  In the book, she revealed for the first time that she battled lung cancer in 2009 while starring in the Broadway show Looped.

“I thought this is just not going to be good for comedy if the audience is out there worrying about their Rhoda,” Harper said of her decision to keep her disease, which she fought with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, private.

Now Harper, who is married with one daughter, has decided to take her current health struggle public.

“There are moments when she feels extremely sad.  She’s also extremely funny,” J.D. Heyman, executive editor of People, told GMA.  “She’s very, very happy that she’s had the life that she had.”

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