Despite her diagnosis with terminal lung cancer, Valerie Harper assures she is "feeling good" and has come to terms with the reality that she will one day succumb to the debilitating disease.
"I'm ready. I'm ready to go. Maybe that’s the secret. I don't want to, my God, I want to live to be 102. I think you just take each day and get the best out of it and do what you can and have fun," the Rhoda star, 75, said in a new interview with People.
Valerie at an American Lung Association event on Tuesday, May 12. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In January 2013, Valerie was given just three months to live when she was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a deadly condition where cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain.
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"Sometimes I feel icky, but I'm feeling very good... Maybe because I'm working or I'm talking about cancer in a positive way — I think that might have something to do with it," she said, referring to her attendance at an American Lung Association LUNG FORCE initiative event in NYC on Tuesday, May 12.
Valerie on Rhoda in 1978. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"When I wake up in the morning I don't say 'Oh, I have cancer.' I say 'Another day. How you feeling? Good? Good,'" she said. "And when I do have little twinges of something I go 'Oh my god, is that a headache? What is that?' And I say wait a day or two, it might just be a headache and usually it is... so far."
In an April 2014 interview with Closer Weekly, the mother-of-one — who also previously battled lung cancer in 2009 — attributed the love and support she's received from her fans for keeping her spirits high.
"I am grateful to my fans that I am in their thoughts and prayers. That support gives me great hope," she said.
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