Valerie Harper has a new lease on life!
Despite being diagnosed with a rare cancer of the brain lining last January and given only three to six months to survive, the 74-year-old has been given some surprisingly good news — recent tests showed her cancer has continued to regress.
“[My doctor] said, ‘At the rate we are going, you don’t have to worry,’” she tells Closer, a new celebrity and lifestyle weekly that celebrates the stars we grew up with and love. “‘You will see Christmas!’”
After two promising prior scans, the “Rhoda” star knew the odds were against her: “I thought, could I be so lucky to have that happen again?”
And it seems she was.
Just seven days after being eliminated from “Dancing With the Stars,” Valerie had to face “D-Day,” her term for the Oct. 14 brain scan that would reveal whether her cancer had progressed.
” I do believe in miracles.” Still, she candidly admits that, yes, she knows her health situation remains precarious. “It can turn on a dime.”
And now for the first time in a very long time, Valerie has real hope for her future. “We are all terminal and it’s great to face that — and then discard it,” she insists. “Don’t live in fear of dying.”
About Closer magazine:
Closer reaches the untapped market of 40+ women opening up a whole new category for weeklies. The debut issue above features an exclusive interview with beloved star Valerie Harper and her latest stunning health update.
The mag hits newsstands Wednesday in New York and is available nationwide on Nov.1.
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