Shut down your computer, put on your coat, go home, put on a boho headscarf, grab a bottle of something mind numbing, pick up your pet of choice (if you don’t have one, steal one off the street) crawl into bed, pull the covers over you and hug the bottle and your pet of choice, because Valerie Harper’s got terminal brain cancer and her doctor has given her three months to live. And oh People Magazine, the place where you announce you’re gay, announce you’re getting married, announce you got married, announce you’re having a kid, announce you had a kid, announce you’re getting divorced and announce that you’re saying goodbye to the world.
Rhoda Morgenstern and Jason Bateman’s TV mom battled lung cancer in 2009 and just a couple of months ago her doctor told her that she has a rare and terminal type of brain cancer. Valerie tells People that she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, “a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain.” Valerie’s doctor told her that she has less than three months to live. How in the hell do you tell someone that they have three months to live? Do you do it while holding a tiny kitten wearing a sombrero? Even a tiny kitten wearing a sombrero wouldn’t soften that news.
But 73-year-old Valerie is being positive and tells People, “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now.”
Well, this is just sad and this feels like the kind of post that should end with a song.