'Rhoda' Star Valerie Harper Believes in Possibilities; Could Be in Remission


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Valerie Harper's belief in "infinite possibilities" may have bought her more time, not time to grieve, but time to live and enjoy the very essence of life. Last January, the actress best known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and the subsequent spinoff "Rhoda," was diagnosed with brain cancer, more technically called leptomeningeal carcinomatosis. At the time, her doctor gave her three months to live, six on the outside. When month six rolled around, the vibrant Harper was still going strong and is on the verge of a remission.

Remission, however, does not mean a cure, and those responsible for her medical care are quick to remind that it is not about "if" but "when" her time will come. Leptomeningeal carcinomatosis is not curable, but there is always hope for something new to be discovered and if Harper can continue to beat the odds, then perhaps her life can be extended even longer. After all, she once beat lung cancer, too.

"There's much to be afraid of in life," Harper told The Today Show via an interview with Meredith Vieira that will be part of a special called "Valerie's Story - a Meredith Vieira Special." The program will be shown on Thursday, September 19 at 10 p.m. You can watch a segment of the program at the link below.

Harper has been out front with the public about her condition since March, smiling and talking positively. Afraid of the future, but full of hope, Harper is even rumored to be a contestant on the new season of "Dancing with the Stars." Regardless of the validity of that prospect, she has shown great strength in a time when it would be easy to despair. She is indeed a woman to be admired.

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