Valerie Harper: “While you’re living, live”
Actress Valerie Harper, star of the 1970s television comedy “Rhoda,” says she is determined to “live each day’s moments fully” despite a brain cancer diagnosis that doctors told her could bring death in a matter of days or in several years.
Harper, 73, she learned in mid-January that she was suffering from leptomeningeal carcinomatosis — cancer in the membrane of her brain — and was given as little as three months to live.
A lot of folks are calling (asking), ‘Can I come by the house?’ ‘Are you in a wheelchair?’, because they hear it as a death sentence, which it may be,” Harper But I’m not dying until I do. I promise I won’t…I have an intention to live each day’s moments, fully.
Harper who has done a series of interviews since revealing her illness was asked why she has chosen to do the interviews?
I just thought that while I’m still able — because it is brain — to speak and show you that I’m cooking my husband’s dinner, I’m walking on the bluff at Santa Monica and more than anything I’m living in the moment…I really want …all of us, to be less afraid of death, and know that it’s a passage, but that — don’t go to the funeral before the day of the funeral. While you’re living, live.