In response to a story in Closer Weekly that quotes Valerie Harper as having declared that she is “absolutely cancer-free,” the Emmy winner has come out to say that the quote is unfortunately “erroneous.”
“In response to a recent erroneous quote concerning my health, I am not ‘absolutely cancer-free,’” a statement from Harper issued via the Hallmark Channel reads. “I wish I were. Right now what I am is cautiously optimistic about my present condition, and I have hope for the future.”
Harper, who rose to fame as Rhoda in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and starred as the character in the spinoff “Rhoda,” is currently promoting her appearance in Hallmark Channel series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
Harper was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and subsequently developed brain cancer. In January 2013, she was told she only had three months to live. However, she told Variety in November that she was continuing to show improvement.
“I got a very excellent brain scan report on Oct. 13 that showed that I was continuing to show improvement. God knows why. I was supposed to be dead in March,” Harper quipped.