Actress Valerie Harper, 73, recently received some devastating news — she has terminal brain cancer.
The tests conducted at the time revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, which means that cancer cells have spread into the membrane that surrounds the brain.
It is a rare condition and the diagnosis leaves her with as little as three months left to live.
But the actress tells People, “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now.”
She also adds, having been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 despite being a life-long non-smoker, “I’m well past my expiration date already.”
Harper’s on-and-off-screen friend Mary Tyler Moore says the news is shocking and tragic.
“I’m absolutely devastated by this news,” the The Mary Tyler Moore Show star, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in May 2011, told People magazine.
“Valerie has given so much joy, laughter and love to the world. I join her fans and send much love and positive thoughts to her and her family during this difficult time.”
Her fans were also quick to express their sadness and prayers on Twitter.
“Praying for Valerie Harper. Puts everything in perspective quickly.” — Andy Cohen
“Just heard that Valerie Harper is facing terminal brain cancer. My thoughts and prayers go out to her.” — Marc Berman
“@ValerieHarper I adore you xoxo we all do and are praying for you” — Hoda Kotb