It’s been just over two years since Valerie Harper received her heartbreaking diagnosis of terminal lung cancer, but now the inspiring TV icon has revealed that she’s ‘ready’ to move on when it’s her time.
Valerie Harper, 75, has confessed that she is ready to die. Although she says that her doctors are pleased with her monthly cancer screenings, the former Mary Tyler Moore star knows that her terminal lung cancer is still going to take her life one day. Thankfully, Valerie doesn’t let this get her down and instead welcomes every day with a smile!
Valerie Harper On Dying From Lung Cancer: I’m ‘Ready To Go’
“I’m ready. I’m ready to go,” Valerie bravely said during an interview with People in New York City on Tuesday, May 12. “Maybe that’s the secret. That I’m absolutely – I don’t want to, my God, I want to live to be 102.”
Of course it’s no surprise that Valerie doesn’t want to die, but it’s incredibly brave of her to have accepted the fact that it’s inevitable — especially with terminal lung cancer. Valerie was diagnosed back in early 2013, and she has lived two very fulfilling years since.
“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 shared. “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.”
Valerie Loves Making The Best Of Every Day
What makes Valerie so inspiring is that she has such a positive outlook. Instead of wallowing in sadness over her terminal diagnosis, she makes sure to live each day to it’s full potential.
“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,” she said.
Valerie’s positive outlook has definitely had an affect on her prognosis, too, because although her cancer is terminal it has not been progressing. The TV icon revealed that her doctors have never had a patient quite like her!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do you think Valerie is brave to admit she’s ready to die when the time comes? Do you think she’s an inspiration to cancer fighters everywhere? Comment below.
— Lauren Cox