Valerie Harper, ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Star, Diagnosed with Terminal Brain Cancer

Valerie Harper

2013 is going to be a sad year for fans of the The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda. Star of the two shows, Valerie Harper, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, People reports. And doctors say that the beloved star has as little as three months left to live.

Harper received the news on Jan. 15. A series of tests revealed that she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a condition where cancer cells invade the membrane that protects the brain. This diagnosis carries a high rate of mortality. 

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Despite the diagnosis, Harper has put on a brave face about her remaining time. “I don’t think of dying,” the 73-year-old actress, who has been battling lung cancer since 2009, says. “I think of being here now.”

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