Valerie spoke with ‘GMA’ host Robin Roberts on Mar. 12, who just beat her own battle with a deadly illness, and said she’s trying to lead a normal life.
Valerie Harper, 73, is doing her best to stay positive despite being told she only has three months to live after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She went on Good Morning America on Mar. 12 and told host Robin Roberts that she’s “feeling so much better.”
Valerie Is Staying Positive
Valerie spoke with Robin and made sure to say: “I feel great, I’m feeling so much better than I was in December when I had a few weird symptoms.”
She then spoke about her book: “It’s great, I can apply it to this new challenge. The book ends with me saying that I’m cancer-free. This disease snuck back four years later … I was getting screened every 6 months in my lungs, a wonderful surgery extended my life then. I’m back at Cedars again.”
One of the most interesting things that she said was: “You can die with cancer, but not of it.”
Valerie’s Diagnosis Explained
Valerie went on the show The Doctors and they explained that her condition, leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare kind of cancer where cancer cells fill the fluid membrane surrounding the brain, is very rare.
“I’ve taken care of over 10,000 patients with lung cancer in my career, and I’ve never seen this exact presentation,” Dr. Ronald Natale says. “The blood-brain barrier is part of the problem with brain tumors, explained Dr. Rudnick. “This blood-brain barrier, from an evolutionary standpoint, was designed to protect us. It was there to protect you against bacteria and infections, but unfortunately, now, what we find is that this barrier also protects us against chemotherapy.”
— Chloe Melas
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