Actress Valerie Harper, 73, recently received some devastating news — she has terminal brain cancer.
The actress, best known as Rhoda Morgenstern on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spin-off, “Rhoda,” was diagnosed back in mid-January, she tells People.
The tests conducted at the time revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, which means that cancer cells have spread into the membrane that surrounds the brain. It is a rare condition and the diagnosis leaves her with as little as three months left to live.
But the actress tells People, “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now.”
She also adds, having been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 despite being a life-long non-smoker, “I’m well past my expiration date already.”
Her fans were quick to express their sadness and prayers on Twitter.
“Praying for Valerie Harper. Puts everything in perspective quickly.” — Andy Cohen
“Just heard that Valerie Harper is facing terminal brain cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to her.” — Marc Berman
“@ValerieHarper I adore you xoxo we all do and are praying for you” — Hoda Kotb