Valarie Harper Opens up About Defying the Odds After Cancer Diagnosis

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November 20, 2017Nov 20, 2017

Valerie Harper, well-known for her role as Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," is opening about her cancer diagnosis and recent health. After being diagnosed a few years ago, Harper has been cherishing the miracle of life.

Harper was diagnosed in 2013 with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. She was only given three months to live.

Miraculously, she has more than beat the odds by continuing to live her life as the optimistic and perky woman the world fell in love with on her hit 1970's show. Almost five years after her cancer diagnosis she is walking miracle.

“I’m still here. I still have cancer, but I’m okay and most of my days are good," She said in an interview with PEOPLE.

Her oncologist, Dr. Jeremy Rudnick, is also impressed with how she has continued to defy the odds. He has said, "It's a miracle she's still here."

“Valerie developed this disease at a time when we keep coming up with stronger and better targeting drugs for her particular cancer,” Rudnick went on to say. “The longer we keep her alive the more options we have," he said in regards to Harper trying an experimental drug that has proven effective for her.

Harper credits the "secret to her survival" to her husband of 30 years. She said he is a devoted caregiver and he encouraged her to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

“He’s such a nudge. He does everything for me, drives me everywhere, makes sure I’m eating healthy, walking and lifting weights. Really, he’s the best nudge in the world," Harper explained.

What do you think about this? Are you a fan of Valerie's work? Let us know on our Facebook page! In other breaking news, a famous actress from "Touched by an Angel" has sadly passed away. 

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