The 73-year-old television icon — most known for her role as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show — graces the latest cover of PEOPLE magazine this week as she makes the shocking revelation that she has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Valerie tells PEOPLE that she received the bad news on Jan. 15, after a number tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis — a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain.
Even worse, her doctors tell her she has as little as three months to live.
Talking to PEOPLE, Valerie displays her strength: “I don’t think of dying,” says Valerie, who also battled lung cancer back in 2009. “I think of being here now.”
You can read more about Valerie’s courageous story in this week’s PEOPLE magazine. Valerie is currently married to Tony Cacciotti and has one daughter Christine Harper. Our prayers are with Valerie and her family.