Valerie Harper: Good News From Doctors

By: Kimberly Ripley - April 16, 2014

Valerie Harper was pretty much given a death sentence when she was diagnosed with brain cancer a little more than a year ago. She was told at the time that at best she had just months to live. The Rhoda and Mary Tyler Moore Show star grabbed life by the horns and was determined to live whatever she had left of it to the very fullest.

That’s exactly what Harper did, and now, even though her doctor is hesitant to say she is in remission, they are rather astonished by what they are seeing.

“My last scans have been positive, and my doctors are very happy,” Valerie Harper said during a recent interview. “[The oncologist] looked at the scans and said, ‘Oh my God, Valerie, this is very encouraging.'”

So what does her doctor say if he won’t claim she’s in remission?

“He likes to say, ‘I give you a treatment, and it’s either responsive or nonresponsive, and you are having a phenomenal response,” she explains

This doesn’t in any way mean she’s been cured of her cancer.

“In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free,’ ” she said in a statement on Wednesday. “I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition and I have hope for the future.”

A report published in Closer Weekly claimed the actress was cancer free. Excited fans started tweeting the happy news.

Harper was quick to squelch the inaccurate report, but happy to clarify that even if she wasn’t deemed cancer free, she’s certainly doing much better than doctors ever predicted.

“My cancer is incurable and terminal, but guess what? Not today!” Harper told PEOPLE on Wednesday. “There is all manner of suffering in the world, not all of it by any stretch related just to cancer or to illness, but all kinds of suffering.”

She even offered a bit of advice for those who have perhaps been given a ‘death sentence’ similar to the one she was given–more than a year ago.

“Don’t go to the funeral before it is time. So my time is looking good today and that’s how we are all supposed to live our lives – one day at a time,” she says.

Valerie Harper inspired fans when she appeared on Dancing With the Stars following her initial diagnosis.

She will soon appear on The Hallmark Channel in Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Cancer free? Maybe not. But Valerie Harper is living one heck of a life just the same. Her amazing outlook sets a wonderful example for all.

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Kimberly Ripley

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Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Binky

    God bless the Bio-Tech companies that are extending life through inovation

  • Mesha Casteil

    I KNOW PERSONALLY where Valerie is coming from with her ‘ Go Forward & LIVE!’ message!! Being diagnosed with a crippling disease, 6 years ago, ultimately put me into a wheelchair and made my legs, spine, shoulders, arms, and hands all but 10% useless. With great Faith, determination, a refusal to accept defeat that …. N-O-T-H-I-N-G could be done …. I went to my Lord, my inner-strength, the internet, and some well-researched ‘COMMON-SENSE’ professionals. For the past year, I have been …. ~ 85% productive ~ !!!!!!!! AND IMPROVING. No, the disease is NOT CURED. It is still very much with me. There is NO CURE. But for NOW, it is NOT rendering me into mass of Tofu!!! hahahaha!!!!!!! ……. I guess Valerie’s (and my) message is, NOT JUST US — But SO MANY — have over-come great obstacles and health-challenges in their lives. We are not an enigma. However, we ARE ‘Testifying’ that one should never, on a word, go buy the coffin and the suit, lay down in it and wait. —– FIGHT!!! —- Never, never, never quit. ….STRIVE – TO – TRIVE!! …. And make every single day you have the BEST IT CAN BE.
    I LOVE YOU, PEOPLE – OF – WORLD!!!!! …………….. Mesha Casteil, Native American Eastern Cherokee

  • christina

    oh thank you Jesus!!!
    you know, when i first heard the heart-breaking news about valerie harper having terminal brain cancer, i felt so bad for her & sad inside. even though i don’t know her personally, because she is a celebrity, it just goes to show that all life, whether everyday folks, celebrities, or whatever, all life is a precious gift. and no matter who we are, we are all sharing life together in this space & time, here on earth. and whenever life has been lost, it is a great loss of a precious gift & energy, that one has & emits.
    God bless & be with you valerie harper and all those that are in trouble, pain, or sick.
    amen…..