Actress Valerie Harper’s brain cancer is reportedly taking its toll on the former “Rhoda” star. The 76-year-old is said to be in declining health and appeared unrecognizable to fans at a recent fan event according to a Tuesday, January 19 report from Radar Online.
As previously reported, Valerie Harper was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2013, and at the time was given only months to live, well surpassing her initial life expectancy. But it appears as if Valerie is taking a turn for the worse. Fans on hand at the Hollywood Show Autograph Convention in Los Angeles stated, “Valerie looked like she was dying. She was frail and gaunt, a far cry from the vivacious woman she was just months ago.”
“For the first time since she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer three years ago, Valerie looks like she’s losing her battle,” added the witness. “It’s so sad.” Witnesses added that Harper attempted to hide her hair loss by wearing a knit cap, wearing no makeup and looking exhausted as she signed autographs and met with fans.
“Valerie put on a brave face, meeting and greeting fans who stopped by her table to buy photos, books, and DVDs,” said a source. “But her appearance was shocking.”
Harper has remained positive and strong for the past few years managing to defy her doctors’ dire predictions of having just months to live after she was diagnosed with a rare leptomeningeal carcinomatosis in January 2013. Valerie claims she owes the extra time to her team of doctors, a drug called Tarceva, alternative therapies, such as Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture, plus a positive attitude, with helping her beat the odds.
In July Harper suffered a medical emergency and was rushed to a Maine hospital after falling ill. She was taken by ambulance in a nearly unconscious state. In November, Valerie held a sale, selling off all her belongings, including her Golden Globe for “Rhoda: and a glass paperweight from close pal Mary Tyler Moore, during a three-day estate sale.
Since her initial diagnosis with inoperable brain cancer Valerie Harper as stated a number of times, “I’m ready to go. I’m not scared of death. I am not banking on anything, really, because we shouldn’t,” she said. “We don’t know what’s around the corner. I think you just take each day and get the best out of it and do what you can and have fun.” Our prayers and well wishes continue to go out to Valerie Harper as she continues her courageous battle with cancer.